Posted by Myrrh on September 05, 1997 at 11:43:11:
In Reply to: Language posted by Jean on September 05, 1997 at 06:48:42:
: No one has commented upon the French actors. Or for that matter, the use of three or four (not sure about the Huron) languages. Anyone think it was a strong aspect of the film?
Yes, definitely. I really appreciated the use of several languages, instead of the cop-out of having everyone speak English. I loved hearing the Indian languages especially, as I've not heard them before. I read somewhere that Wes Studi didn't have to learn his Huron parts phonetically, because he already knew how to speak several dialects. I believe he is Cherokee; I have no idea how related those two languages are (anyone know?). He was very versatile, wasn't he...speaking Huron and French. The use of various languages is one of the reasons I love the Huron Village/Sachem scene.
I wonder how Daniel Day-Lewis learned his Delaware lines (it was Delaware, wasn't it?). Was he speaking them phonetically? The two bits I especially appreciated were right after the attack on the George Road, when Maj. Heyward says "We were headed to Fort Wm. Henry..." and Hawkeye consults with his father. And, when they come to arrest him in the fort. I was very impressed with the ease and naturalness of his delivery of those lines.
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