Posted by Kate on February 11, 2000 at 17:42:25:
In Reply to: Re: The Mann's Word ... posted by Rich on February 11, 2000 at 16:24:27:
: I agree with my wife! (How unique, eh Lainey?!)
: As we watched the DVD the first couple of times, we verbalized practically the same things Michael Mann said in this mini-interview ... Bravo, MM!
: Though I know our opinion, here on the Board, does not seem to be the popular one, here's the view from the "public-at-large," so far, in our poll:
: After Viewing "The Last of the Mohicans"
: Expanded DVD Edition, What Were Your
: Very Satisfied (21) - 40%
: Somewhat Satisfied (10) - 19%
: Fairly Neutral (2) - 4%
: Somewhat Disappointed (12) - 23%
: Very Disappointed (6) - 12%
: Wish It Hadn't Been Made (1) - 2%
: Total Votes: 52
: As for Ben Stiller ... I think the only thing I've seen him in is "There's Something About Mary." All through the movie, I kept thinking that this guy looks an awful lot like Daniel Day-Lewis.
: Ah ... diversity!
Yup, Rich and Elaine,
Gotta go with ya' on this one!! The 'new' closing speech is a WINNER in my book!!
In the 'other' versions, Chingachgook seems to grieve for his son and the end of his 'line'. In the 'new' version, as he grieves for Uncas and his line, so also he grieves for his past and his future. Also his words emphasise his fear for people in general. Chingachgook's words send a warning down the years. He forewarns that as 'they' dissappeared, so shall all who follow, unless... But, even as he voices his words, you know he realises the futility of them: 'once we were here...'
And it's that air of futilitiy that gets to me each time I hear it!
BUT - that nonsense of Clannad 'too sentimental'?! So, why put the scene of 'the kiss' in?! I thought part of the theme of the movie was the great love story - finding and saving the woman at whatever cost!! Surely that background music simply underlines that concept, that force that drives this man on ...
Ah well, as has been said before, another way of looking at the film.
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