Posted by Gayle on June 09, 1998 at 09:01:34:
In Reply to: Silent LOTM posted by Alysha on June 09, 1998 at 07:54:25:
Has anyone else seen the 1920's silent version of LOTM. I saw it a couple of weeks ago and it's a hoot. It follows the book more closely than our favorite version. Uncas is in the romantic lead, as he should be (sorry all you DDL fans)!! Cora is his lady. Heyward is attached to Alice.During the massacre the Hurons invade the fort, throw a firebrand down into an underground gunpowder storage room (where our villian is hiding) and blows him to kingdom-come. Very good viewing with just a few disapointments. Uncas looks as old as his "father". And during the massacre as women, children and soldiers are being attacked left and right, Cora and Alice walk through the middle of it unscathed until Magua confronts them! Oh, also Hawkeye is kind of a secondary figure along with Chingachgook
It's fascinating how many different versions there are of the story in the original book. I haven't seen the Silent, but I can't imagine how it could have even approximated the massive scope of the book with the 20's technology. I don't think there are any versions, though, in which Cora can be displaced as the main character of the story. She was one of the few (maybe 2, actually,) women Cooper gave any substance to, and she is really immortal! Hawkeye and Chingachgook have their own immortality, but Cooper gives Cora more substance and purpose in the book than even they have. I wonder why Mann did not capitalize on the character of Uncas for the romantic lead in the movie. Without overlooking the outstanding job DD-L did in the part as written, it seems to me Uncas would have made a much more dramatic and significant hero than Hawkeye, and certainly could have been just as sexy for the sake of the box office.
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