Posted by Vita on July 27, 1998 at 19:11:47:
After my last posting, I did some hard thinking, wondering, musing, pondering about just what is it in LOTM that sent me searching the web, posting messages on a board, etc.
I mean, like all of us, I've seen lotsa lotsa movies with lotsa lotsa good stories and heart-wrenchingly beautiful soundtracks. DANCES WITH THE WOLVES is beautiful, ditto BRAVEHEART... of course, TITANIC... and how many more examples could we all cite...
What is it about LOTM that seems to hold us under its spell?
The only time I felt so entranced, was when I got hooked on Star Trek and Captain Kirk... TWENTY years ago!
Star Trek opening is always magical, and of course Kirk is magical.
Well, I believe LOTM has that flavor. It opens with an almost supernaturally beautiful score, and the three people streaking through the woods... after a while, when they stand by the poor fallen deer and Chingachgook recites his apology and appreciation of the deer's sacrifice, you get the sense of this threesome's beautiful bond... their strong friendship, loyalty and innate sense of belonging...
As LOTM continues, particularly when Duncan offers himself up to be burned alive for Cora's sake, and then Hawkeye shoots him smack in the heart releasing him from further hellish agony... and Uncas leaves his father and immediately follows his girl despite the odds against his success...
Yeah, the magic is both the haunting, supernatural, ethereal music and a very believably executed spiritual tour-de-force...
I think I will go and rewind the video and start watching it again right from the Elk Hunt.
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