Posted by Rich on March 11, 1999 at 12:47:26:
In Reply to: Who's Perspective? posted by Gayle on March 11, 1999 at 11:15:20:
Hi Gayle -
I missed something here ... Your quotes. I can't connect them to MM's statement. No, I'm not as sharp as I used to be! Darn!
: Michael Mann made the rather stunning comment in his interview with Graham Fuller that "I didn't want to take 1757, this story, and turn it into some kind of two-dimensional metaphor for 1991.
Well, I agree with that idea!
: What I did was go the other way and take our understanding of those cultures - and I think we understand them better today than Cooper did in 1826 -
Of course, WE know EVERYTHING today! :) In some ways this is true. As time goes by & more documents, digs, etc are uncovered, we often gain a fuller perspective. However, Cooper was able to speak first-hand with people MUCH closer to the events than we can today, sooooo ... it works both ways.
:and use our contemporary perspective as a tool to construct a more intense experience of realistically complex people in a complex time."
: This strikes me as exceedingly arrogant.
Arrogant?? Of course, again! Seems a natural way to be in the '90's.
: How can we "understand" the culture and thinking of people in a context which is not our own? So in rewriting Cooper, did Mann produce reality or fantasy?
A little of both, I would think. One thing about Michael Mann - at least this is the impression I've had from the bits & pieces I've read - he is not all that impressed with JFC. If we are ever fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview MM, I want very much to delve into this area! I think Mann did an EXCELLENT job in capturing the overall feel & look of 1757. In that way, it was reality. Of course, our super-human heroes leaned towards fantasy, but that's the way we love 'em, I guess!
Interesting question. Gotta go; I'm on lunch break. Anyone want to carry the ball?
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