Re: The Script & Changes

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Posted by Gayle on August 05, 1998 at 12:36:22:

In Reply to: The Script & Changes posted by ann on August 05, 1998 at 12:02:53:

Ann wrote
: The changes that were made during the filming process are fascinating. For instance, in the last scene the dialogue has Hawkeye actually proposing to Cora. Of course, in the final product their commitment to each other is insinuated rather than spoken.
: The most fascinating change to me is in the cave scene, after Uncas grabs Alice away from the waterfall. According to the script, a confusing chain of looks, action & reactions was planned to occur between them. The interaction the director originally described seems to be a rebuff by Alice of Uncas' affectionate advances...(who's going to believe that anyway, right Katherine?:o)

: Perhaps I got it wrong.....any thoughts?....ann

Thanks for pulling this out for us. I definitely am going to go read that proposal and see how it stacks up with his proposal to Mabel Dunham in "The Pathfinder."

As to Alice rebuffing Uncas, it would fit, since, in Cooper's writings, the daughter of an English officer would have accepted protection from an Indian but NEVER could have even remotely considered a personal relationship. However, after struggling with changes to Cora and Hawkeye, in which Mann did not successfully correct the perceived racism of Cooper but only redid the racism in his own form, Mann couldn't very well get away with having Alice do an on-the-screen rebuff of Uncas. Mann really backed himself into a number of corners with the implied social issues of LOTM, but tried, I believe, to mute them long enough to tell an outstandingly good story - for which I appreciate him immensely.


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