Posted by Ayesha on August 03, 1998 at 10:42:32:
In Reply to: Re: Both Uncas and Alice given the short end of the stick posted by Katherine on August 03, 1998 at 08:02:20:
: : : Sarah's comment in her "why we can't watch" post below about Uncas' look at Alice in his final scene, brought to mind another thought I've had about the massacre scene.
: : : Why didn't Michael Mann have Uncas rather than Chingachgook(Yeah!..believe I spelled it correctly:o) help Alice escape from the massacre??...it would have been oh so much more romantic if he had.....he seems to deliberately keep the focus off the relationship between the younger couple.
: : : The hopeless romantic.....ann
: : Yes I am in total agreement. I just bought the LOTM (unfortunately only the pan and scan version but I will get the other version as well) Anyways I watched the massacre scene again and I thought also it be so heroic and romantic for Uncas to rush over and save Alice as Hawkeye went and saved Cora. A lot of times it seemed the script called for Uncas to hold back behind Hawkeye and behind Chingachgook. It has bothered me. They should have given Uncas more opportunities to rush to Alice's aid.
: : Katherine
: And I'm talking about the script not giving Uncas more opportunites to be with Alice explicitly or rush to her aid more.
: And Alice didn't have to be portrayed as so frail
I could not agree with you more. My other post this morning shares some of my feelings on the matter. I think that if Alice was not portrayed as somewhat frail in the begining, her coming into her full power as a woman (decision to jump off the cliff to be with her man) in the end would have been diminished. It was her strenghth in that moment in time that gave the movie it's greatest moment of depth.
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