Question of missing footage

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Posted by Sarah M. on October 02, 1999 at 09:00:06:

Rich and Eric H.

Can you help with a directional puzzle about the filming of the movie?

I've been watching closely as our heros and heroines, escaping ahead of a band of French and Indian attackers towards Fort WH, comes over a rise and view the battle scene from across the water, with an island blocking the view. And, they've been coming northward from Albany (south of Fort WH).

Now, given that the battle in reality was at the south end of Lake George and that Montcalm's forces were to the west of the fort (to the left if you look northward from the fort), that would put Montcalm's forces to the right side of the water as seen from Hawkeye and Cora's perspective, which MEANS they must be heading southward at that moment. Or, to put it another way, if they had come from the south, they would simply not have reached the water in reality.

This is similar to what they did in the book, coming northward to Bloody Pond (which is south and slightly west of the fort), heading west up and over a hill, coming back down somewhere nearby, and then enter the Fort from the west side. So, in the movie, is it possible they filmed the scene that gets them to where they are clearly approaching FROM the north -- and wouldn't that be when Uncas gets cut on the side, requiring him to go to surgery (and hold hands with Miss Monro)?

So, do either of you have any idea about why they did this -- perhaps it was merely because that was the lay of the land at Lake James and what Mann had to work with and it made for good film, directions be damned? Which implies I'm not supposed to be so familiar with the details and not supposed to question the accuracy?

Does this make any sense? Am I over-analysing this? And will all be revealed when the DVD comes out?

Sarah M.

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