Posted by Sarah on October 13, 1998 at 18:48:10:
In Reply to: Re: Uncas versus Nathaniel posted by Gayle on October 13, 1998 at 09:46:49:
: Seems to me that in both the book and the movie, each character was a focus in his or her own right, and each had a strong and distinct part. Although in the movie Hawkeye was unquestionnably the main character, I couldn't help but admire the significance each actor and actress gave to his/her part. Wes Studi, with his incredible silent language in that arrogant/obscene command with his hand just before Alice jumped off the cliff is a scene that positively preys on my imagination. Maddy's howl of horror and grief when she realized Alice was dead was a magnificent piece of emotional verity.
I too was struck by that scene with Magua, but I didn't find the gesture obscene -- indeed he seem to be jesturing her to come away from the edge, and the way he swallowed and his jaw twitched caused me to think he did indeed want her to stay alive. What WAS obscene was that his hand was covered with Uncas' blood. That he dared to gesture to her to live while his hand was drenched in the blood of the one she loved and he murdered!!
And that look at the empty space where she had stood, a tilt of the head in brief curiosity and then NOTHING, no cares, no worries...
Very moving stuff, that!!
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