Posted by Heather on March 03, 1998 at 16:17:28:
In Reply to: Re: Movie vs. book? posted by Jo on March 03, 1998 at 00:59:09:
: : : My dad (in all his "wisdom") says that the LOTM movie does not follow the book very well. Having never read the book, I was wondering what you all had to say about that. Now remember, this is not MY opinion, but my dad's!
: : Parker,
: : Father knows best, they say, but............. The LOTM movie, though in some ways VERY different from the original story, does still follow it fairly well. According to Michael Mann, it is 1/3 Cooper original, 1/3 Philippe Dunne '36 screenplay, and 1/3 Mann. (I think it's a bit more than 1/3 Cooper!) The basic story is the same and most of the major characters are the same. Much of the film's dialogue is taken directly from the book. The greatest character changes are perhaps that of Hawkeye (not at all like DDL's portrayal) and the Cora/Alice reversals (Cora loves Uncas, Cora dies, Alice loves Duncan, Alice lives).
: : We've got some musings on the similarities and differences in our Musings section. We've also started pairing the script scenes with correlating scenes from Cooper's book. You can find these in the Script section.
: : What is the opinion of others here?
: Parker, Elaine, and all,
: My opinion of the book vs movie....I guess, Parker, if you read the book either you love the writing of the book or you don't...Elaine said it best, there are many reversals and exchanges from the characters in the book (thank heavens the "dancing bear/Uncas" scene is not in the movie!); but some of the scenes in the book are in the movie; not in the same order; the book just moves VERY SLOWLY in most/some parts (depends upon your love of the author's writing)however; it's worth a read; if you can stay awake. The best part for you is on this sight, there is references to this; as Elaine says, on the script pages: Here's your teacher talking: look up these pages to the site, and show your dad, the info in great!!
I LOVE the book and the movie. They are both great, even though many things are different. I think, though, that Uncas' role in the movie could have been a little stronger, since the book is basically about him. But I think the movie works for a 20th century audience.
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