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The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)

As the British and French soldiers battle for control of the American colonies in the 18th century, the settlers and native Americans are forced to take sides. Cora and her sister Alice unwittingly walk into trouble but are reluctantly saved by Hawkeye, an orphaned settler adopted by the last of the Mohicans.

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

an american wuxia movie - The Past weighs heavy on it, whole peoples eroding away like rocks against a waterfall. we are a narrative culture; our culture, like any narrative, will someday end too. the last 30 minutes is some of the most gut-wrenching, expressive filmmaking ever conjured into being. this movie is one of the first i ever remember seeing, almost like i saw it in the womb. so damn sensual and evocative, so forceful and overwhelming. it knocks the wind out of me.

michael mann's john ford movie, but without the racism! the whole film is tuned to the body motions of daniel day-lewis and wes studi, running, vaulting, aiming, grasping; mohicans is subsumed by a restless passage, a transition from frontier to colony, from individual to community, from duty to sensation. a warrior holds the heart of his enemy in his hands; feelings forming a bridge between various cultures, caught in a flux that no one can escape forever; water flowing off a cliff, chiseled by centuries of life.

It follows the journey of the last members of the vanishing Mohican people as they venture through the breathtaking forests and mountains of Northeastern North America in 1757, while Britain and France fight for control of the continent.

One of the movies cemented on my personal list of "all-time favorites" is Michael Mann's stellar adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's 1826 novel "The Last of the Mohicans." It's hard to believe, but this year the film turns 30-years-old, yet in many ways it still feels overlooked and undervalued. And while it sits handsomely at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, it's a film that rarely finds its way into conversations about the best movies from that last three decades. Allow me to make a case for why it should.

Once Cora and Hawkeye are far enough away, Hawkeye shoots Heyward to end his suffering. Chingachgook, Uncas, and Hawkeye then set out after Magua's party to free Alice. Uncas races ahead and engages Magua in personal combat, but is killed. Alice chooses to step off the cliff to her death rather than go to the beckoning Magua. While Hawkeye holds Magua's remaining men at bay, Chingachgook duels Magua and avenges his son. Chingachgook prays to the Great Spirit to receive Uncas, calling himself "the last of the Mohicans."

Highway126, located east of National Forest Road/ Wolf Pit Road, ran between the lake and the set, and it was closed for the entire production period. It cost a reported $1 million to build, which comes to around $2 million, considering the inflation rate over the last three decades.

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