Clothes Make the Man in LOTM

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Posted by Dana S. on August 04, 2000 at 15:18:26:

I’ve been studying costumes in LOTM. I have just recently noticed the changes Hawkeye made in clothing from scene to scene. Sometimes he is wearing clout and leggings, and in other scenes he is wearing breeches with short leggings that button onto the breeches around the knee. The breeches are very “white” looking; the clout and leggings are, of course, very Native American.

The hunting pouch Hawkeye uses is also very colonial as opposed to Chingachgook’s and Uncas’ very Native designs.

Both of these examples of costume differences between the three make a big difference in how Hawkeye is perceived. I always thought he looked “different”, but until now I couldn’t have said exactly why. (I am amazed at how much dress and clothing influence our opinions of people no matter how much we deny it.)

My point? It occurs to me that this is probably one of the aspects of the film the sticks closest Cooper’s Hawkeye. Closer to Cooper’s Natty Bumppo…I think. Weren't there never-ending references to red and white? If I remember correctly, it was discussed here on the board. I think the film did the same thing only in a much more subtle fashion.

Thinking, thinking…

Dana S

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