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Posted by Linda on August 24, 2000 at 14:06:51:

Jo, Kate, Vita, and Rich:

Thanks for your replies and for extending such a warm welcome. I have only recently taped and re-viewed LOTM after having seen it once on the big screen when it came out. Unlike others of its genre – which can be melodramatic rather than romantic, sparing with detail rather than authentic – this film is one of the few that has allowed me to suspend disbelief and thoroughly immerse myself in the story. Everyone in it is good, and the contrast of Nathaniel with DDL’s character in "My Left Foot" is astounding. Yes, Kate, I confess to rewinding and slow-forwarding during the loincloth scenes. ;-) Glad to know I have company here. My questions are:

1. I would buy the DVD of the director’s cut. I find it priced from about $25 to $29 on the internet. Is there a more affordable source? I read that this director’s cut is flawed but that a second release (is that what R2 means?) may be on its way. True?

2. Is the screenplay available?

3. The 1992 video: there must have been quite a bit edited out. For instance, I can’t find Colm Meaney. Can you pinpoint his scene for me?

4. Also the 1992 video: When our heroes first approach Fort W.H., the camera lingers for a moment or two on a very handsome dark-haired young man – apparently an officer. He is not seen again. Do you know the actor’s name?

5. The film in general exudes authenticity. Can we rely on that of the costume and warrior-make-up design? What was their source?

6. In the burial ground scene, I think I hear Cora call Hawkeye “Mr. Bow.” Is she slurring Bumppo? Or did the screenwriters change the character’s last name?

7. Has anyone seen the 60’s film “Ulysses” in which Maurice Roeves plays a handsome and sensual young man? Interesting contrast.

I know I’ll have more questions. Thanks again for your camaraderie around this compelling film!
Linda S.K.

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