Posted by Kate on September 19, 1999 at 18:34:06:
In Reply to: Re: First Impressions of LOTM posted by Gayle on September 19, 1999 at 14:39:57:
: : What happened 7 years ago this week? Why the theatric premiere of Last of the Mohicans, of course!
: : The scene that left the strongest impression on me was not the violence of the ambush or even the massacre but when Duncan was burned alive. The raw brutality of the Hurons and the pitiful agony of the Major really hit me. The look on Nathaniel's face as he sights in on Heyward for the mercy shot - total regret but he knows its the humane thing to do. Nathaniel seems surprised by Heywards grand sacrifice and I think he respects him for this.
: : Anyone else like to share their impressions from their first screening of Mohicans?
: Would we LIKE to share our impressions?? Don't put me on! That is probably our favorite pastime in the WHOLE WORLD!
: Yes, yes, yes, I'd like to share my impressions!
: First of all, the music - the intense Indian drum sequence of the introduction - simply mesmerized me before any scenes even appeared on the screen. I was captured body and soul right there! Then, not having read anything about the movie before I saw it for the first time, I was completely mystified throughout the Elk Hunt as to WHAT they were doing. It was a magnificent, dramatic dash through forest and water - but I kept thinking WHERE ARE THEY GOING? Then when Hawkeye fired his rifle and I saw the elk fall, I thought it was the most wonderful piece of film I had ever seen. I still listen to that music over and over and thrill to the freedom and tension and pure joy of the chase in it. But each scene and each piece of the plot and the acting became my favorite as the movie progressed. Each one was an experience in itself - what a masterful director Mann is!
Would I like to share my impressions?! Just waitin' for somebody to ask that question!!
My impressions were just exactly like Gayle's!! The opening music, the Elk hunt - I felt EXACTLY the same as Gayle! What were they doing? What was this all about?! I couldn't WAIT to find out!! And as scene after scene rolled past me, I was gripped ever more tightly!! Just THE MOST STIRRING music, FANTASTIC scenery, the strength of (all!!) the characters, the attention to historical detail - it all came together for me and I was totally 'captured' by the whole experience of the film!! By the time the end credits started to roll, I was almost breathless! I felt totally drained, as if I too had gone through the wars and come out the other side, safe, but in mourning!! Even now - 'again & again & again & again...' as I watch it, I always feel exactly the same way!! (So, why do I put myself through that, you could ask? There's just no answer to that except, 'I do it - because I must'!
OK - I must go watch it again!! Just talking about 'that movie' puts me in the mood to go through it all again!! A bit like having a baby! :0)
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