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'Grand Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1964. 'No chance for me to live, Mother, you might as well mourn.' Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Sioux Chief. Applause for a lone figure dying in the street. The Mass is traditionally a celebration of Life; thus the contradiction between the form of the Mass and the theme of Death. The dedication is to the religious people who were destroyed by the civilization which evolved the Mass.' [Source: Cinematheque 16 Program Notes]