Re: The Original Director's Cut?!?

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Posted by Mary on March 20, 1998 at 13:21:41:

In Reply to: The Original Director's Cut?!? posted by Rich on March 20, 1998 at 12:07:50:

: Hey, thanks, ALL of you, new & old, for bringing this place back to life!!

: Ros made mention of a "long" version of LOTM the other day ... here is her description of the film, to the best of her recollection. This all makes sense. Remember Eric Schweig, in the old interview we used to have up, made reference to EXPECTING to see a longer version on video. Thank you very much, Ros, for sharing these thoughts!

: "As best I can remember, the beginning was longer with more
: development of the characters. For example, there is a longer time spent in
: the Camerons cabin where the whole explanation of the French battling the
: English, the need for the militia and which Indians are supporting whom and
: why is discussed. Hawkeye also talks about why he and Uncas and
: Chingatchgook are not participating. It is a nice anti war speech. There is
: also a longer time spent during the lacrosse match. And the arrival of
: Heyward with Cora is more detailed with him expressing his love and their
: past together. The journey through the woods, following Magua, is more
: involved. Alice becomes faint which is why Cora asks Heyward to stop, There
: is also a scene somewhere here abouts that Magua plans the attack, so you
: know why he wants to continue walking. There are some scenes of great
: affection between Alice and Uncas and it is clear they love each other. And
: at the beginning Cora and Alice spend time with some of their father's army
: men so that when they arrive at William Henry, the characters they meet at
: the hospital etc. are not new to the audience. Now that is all I can
: remember at this time. The movie was just developed more and provided for
: better continuity, I think. I will keep trying to get a copy.
: Hope this helps.

: Ros"


I scared your missus with a serious post, so here's one for
you as well . When I first looked up stuff on LOM long
long ago, I remember reading that the movie first premiered
in France, of all places...and that Michael Mann cut almost
20 minutes out of that version before the movie was released
here. I think that's where you get all the different snippets
you've seen in the tv showings as opposed to the "official"
video version. Twenty minutes doesn't seem like a lot, but
it's actually a huge amount. I think the studio wanted
everything to be really wham bam thank you ma'am.


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