Posted by Judy on July 26, 1998 at 14:03:12:
In Reply to: Re: Cora and Hawkeye posted by Marcia on July 26, 1998 at 12:55:06:
BTW, to me this is the pivotal scene in the film, where their relationship is defined. It is as though Hawkeye asks, Cora answers, and he leaves there smiling to himself because he knows it is decided...they belong to each other.
I certainly agree with you about your above statement concerning this scene. It was the asking and answering of their eyes that so ignites this scene for me. And I feel as you do, that Hawkeye was in full control (with her BLESSINGS!!!) from the moment he started that "earth moving" stroll through the fort looking for her then taking her hand to "lead" her to THE KISS! JUST WHAT A WOMAN LIKES IN A MAN!!!!! At least, this woman does!
I also think that the definitive character of Hawkeye in this movie allows him the "stare in public" as meaning no disrespect
to Cora, rather, a compliment. Had this been Duncan, raised as a proper English gentleman, staring at Cora in such a manner, it would have indeed been disrespectful for the era. Remember how Cora looks at Duncan when they are sitting having tea at the Patroons home when he asks her to "consider this"....she is offended and is ready to tell him so until he amends his statement to "please consider this". She is no wilting violet...
which makes the attraction to this very strong man, Hawkeye, even more appealing to us I think.
In the THX version of LOTM, I love the "behind the scenes" part where Mann is giving some direction to DDL and Madeleine during their meeting just before he takes her hand and leads her away for the KISS. While both are listening to Mann tell them what he is wanting from this scene, you don't see Hawkeye when you look at the eyes of the actor portraying him, you see DDL, the man. There is such a difference in those eyes, considering he just came charging across that fort, tossing his firearm effortlessly, in full control and looking for "his woman". What an actor this man truly is as far as I am concerned.
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