Monday, September 17, 2012

A Reel 20

“You stay alive! No matter what occurs!”

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Michael Mann’s THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS.
Based upon the novel by James Fenimore Cooper and a 1936 film adaptation, MOHICANS was Michael Mann’s first film which received much critical acclaim; earning several nominations and wins at the Oscars, BAFTA’s, and Golden Globes. It is powered by remarkable performances, a moving score, and a fine attention to detail which brought the history of the French and Indian War to life.
The film is mostly known for the fiery performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, who played the Indian-trapper/hunter Hawkeye. Although DDL had already earned an Oscar for the little-seen MY LEFT FOOT (1989), it was his iconic performance as a strong and intense American Indian which brought him to the attention of the world. A dedicated method actor known for going to extremes to prepare for his roles, DDL lived in the wilderness prior to filming; hunting and fishing off the land just the way Hawkeye might have.

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS is a great film, and one of this Blogger’s favorites. It is a complete and moving experience. But it will be remembered always as the first film this Blogger was introduced to the intensity and grace of Daniel Day-Lewis; a first impression that still lasts to this day. His work and awards for MY LEFT FOOT may have paved the way for his Hawkeye, but it was MOHICANS and Michael Mann which paved the way for his future outings as an oil-man and an American President.

“A warrior goes to you swift and straight as an arrow shot into the sun…”


No comments:

Post a Comment

A few rules:
1. Personal attacks not tolerated.
2. Haters welcome, if you can justify it.
3. Swearing is goddamn OK.