Re: Did anyone else notice this?

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Posted by Katherine on July 21, 1998 at 11:46:47:

In Reply to: Did anyone else notice this? posted by Suzie on July 21, 1998 at 11:24:26:

: Did anyone notice that Chingachgook doesn't speak English during the whole movie, but at the end, when he is praying for Uncas, his prayers are in English. I'm not saying that is wrong, I think that it makes the scene much more powerful when he says the words instead of having them appear on the bottom of the screen, I just thought that was interesting.


The element that Spielberg used in AMISTAD was to have that actor say his speech in the native tongue. That was a powerful statement.

To my thought it might have been in a similar way quite powerful to have Chingagook say the prayer for Uncas in the proper tongue but that would mean most viewers would have no clue what he was saying. Then we would have to read it as sub-titled.

Well I guess to balance it out so that at least we could understand Chingagook's prayer and FEEL the emotion in it as well then it was ok to have the prayer in English. But of course it would be much more true to life if it was spoken in the native tongue.

But as films go we've had many people from different nationalities speaking English though their character is supposed to only know their one native language.

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