Re: '36 Mohicans!

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Posted by myrrh on January 21, 2000 at 14:11:58:

In Reply to: Re: '36 Mohicans! posted by Pilgrim Penny on January 21, 2000 at 12:41:20:

: Isn't it wild to compare the '36 with the '92?!

YES, and I understand what you mean when you say it makes you giddy! That's how I was feeling this morning when I stumbled on it!!

: What interests me is how Hollywood has changed. In the '36 version where Alice (I can't figure out why they changed the sisters' names around in that version)...

Agreed...very confusing, what with the dark hair/light hair thing too!

:...Alice says "If that's justice then the sooner French guns blow the English army out of America the better it will be for the people here"--she delivers the lines sort of quiet and breathlessly without heavy emotion. Unlike when Cora says it in the '92 version and she really puts emotion into and is quite upset and yelling.

Oh, yes...very interesting how the lines were delivered differently. For instance, this exchange:

"That is sedition!"
"That is the truth."
"I'll have you beaten from this fort!"

WAY different in '36!! They are delivered conversationally, almost. And Heyward actually says something like "I am indebted to you, so I won't threaten to have you beaten from the fort as I might otherwise." And he's almost smiling when he says it, like he's downright fond of ol' Hawkeye (which, I think they meant to be the case in that movie at that point). And Ol' Hawkeye responds, warmly and smiling, "Someday I think you and I are going to have a serious disagreement." Ha-HA! NOW, having seen that, I'm starting to think MAYBE I understand Michael Mann's having taken that particular line out. It fit perfectly in the '36 version, but got a bit odd in the '92 version. (But I still like it.)

:I love the '36 version and am a huge fan/collector of Randolph Scott. He makes a fine Hawkeye--quite similar to the novel.

I agree, even though I've only seen a total of about 10 minutes from the '36 version so far! But I picked that up right away...VERY like the book's Hawkeye.

IT'S SO NEAT!!!! I can't wait to rent it and see what they did from the very beginning. (And to compare the endings, which I assume will be quite different?) I don't know why it tickles me SO, to find so many lines almost identical! What is it, Penny? A trip in a time machine? An out-of-movie experience? What?


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