Posted by Myrrh on October 28, 1997 at 15:27:39:
In Reply to: Re: Alice, Magua, Uncas... posted by Elaine on October 27, 1997 at 20:37:04:
: As to Alice, Magua, and Uncas; Magua's face and hand gesture suggests a fleeting change of heart. The sensitivity didn't last but for a second. When Alice lets herself fall, Magua reacts with an "oh well" shrug and continues on his way.
Yes, and that one instant is one of my favorites in the film (I'm really not heartless! just an aficionado of good acting!). And if you're really on your toes, you see that, as soon as she goes over the cliff, his hand gestures in such a way as to say "ah, she's lost" and then he simply turns to go. It really is one of my favorite moments, though I mourn for Alice, and agree that Magua wouldn't have made a sympathetic husband!
Thanks folks for pointing out that in the script Magua intends to kill her until he looks into her face. I'm not sure that intention of his came across as that, until we see him lower his knife.
And by the way, the film DID do a perfect job of portraying the almost spiritual glow that the script said emanated from her face as she turned to look Magua in the eye.
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