Posted by John on November 01, 1997 at 04:09:42:
In Reply to: Re: Celts, Mohicans, and Anglo-Saxons posted by Tom Kilbane on October 30, 1997 at 21:20:05:
If, by chance, they use a story to tell us a greater truth about ourselves and our past then they have succeeded as art. If they give us a momentary diversion and make us smile or tug at our heart, then they have succeeded admirably at what they are-- popular entertainment. I think Mann created a wonderful romantic picture of the past and as entertainment his film triumphed on most levels.
: Hear, hear!
: I was so taken by the entertainment values of the film, I didn't even think to look up the history until after a dozen viewings. Unlike the re-enactors, I wouldn't return to that era on a bet (I'll stick with modern food, cyberspace and my Lincoln).
: When I did manage to look into the War of the Roses, however, I developed a broader view of American history. My theory is this -- without the economic drain of the French and Indian War and all that went before, the American and French revolutions never would have been possible, because the monarchies would have been strong enou
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