Posted by Bill Rooks on December 22, 1997 at 18:18:07:
In Reply to: Re: the hunt posted by Myrrh on December 22, 1997 at 17:43:20:
Thanks for the compliment i.e. knowlegeable in 18th century lore
on behalf of myself and the others!
Loved your description of emotions evoked watching the opening scenes and agree totally with you. It did grab you from the first moment and suck you in. I like your description and rationale of the aftermath of downing the elk too. Exactly what
Mann wanted us to feel in those opening scenes I am sure.
Dont get me wrong here....I LOVE this movie. I love period films
in general and this is one of the very best in my opinion. Maybe it is not perfectly historically correct, nor is it completely realistic insofar as some of the capabilities etc.....but who cares!! It is a great movie. The heroes ARE supposed to be above other men, they are supposed to be purer than we, stronger than we, more expert than ourselves!! Something we mortals aspire to but never achieve. And truth to tell, if you saw them
stumbling through the woods tripping, soaked and reeking in sweat and grime, getting slapped in the face with branches, tripping over roots, missing shots....as happens in real life even to the
best of us.....it would lose in its allure!! We WANT them to be more perfect and better than us!!! AT least I know I do.
Great movie. Thanks for your comments Myrrh.
: I also agree that since they were being presented to us as heroes, above the abilities of "regular" people, the improbable stuff kinda didn't matter. To those of us who aren't experts at hunting or the wonderfully minute historical details of 18th century pioneer life that Mike, Bill, Joe and others have regaled us with, our three heroes didn't seem too far fetched, just superlatively capable. (In fact, that's one of the things that makes them so dadgum attractive, right gals?!)
: Thanks all you wonderfully knowledgable guys!
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