Back to the Movie: Part XIIV

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Posted by Katja on February 28, 1998 at 12:43:34:


Since you people have been too busy to arrange the Gathering and roasting my favorite guy (no names, please, you all know whom I'm talking about...) I think I'm trying to make an (hopeless?) effort to guide you back to the Mohican land (from Huron land, perhaps?).

So much has already been said about LOTM but I still have few points I'd like to hear your opinion about. First; Have you noticed that Magua or the hurons are not the bad guys in this movie; the British, and generally speaking all Europians, are. British are arrogant and betray all the treaties. And not until the end of the movie does Duncan save his (and the Britsh) face by saving Cora's and Hawkeye's lives. This makes sence to me because I think that the movie is basically about the American identity and therefore it's emphasizing the difference between the Europians and the (future) Americans.

But what I don't understand (and I have been thinking about this a lot, believe me...) is that why are the French portrayed so sympathetically??? I for one had learned that France is a part of Europe (well, at least every now and then... whenever they wish). Take for example the Magua-Montcalm meeting. If the British are arrogant towards the colonists and mohawks (and even towards each others),
it looks like Magua and Montcalm are equal. They are almost friends and they respect each others. And both Cora and Hawkeye hint that maybe it would be better for the colonists to make their own peace with the French. In a (through my Scandinavian eyes) very fundamentally American movie!

What do you think? Am I making sense? Did your father warn you of people like me? Any theories?

This is just to lead you back on the right track. Oh, and have nice chatting!

:) Katja, the Scandinavian blue-eye

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