The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
Location la: Bartos Screening Room
Introduced by Matt Zoller Seitz
Dir. George B. Seitz. 1936, 91 mins. Digital projection. With Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes, Henry Wilcoxon, Bruce Cabot, Heather Angel. In this big-screen adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s classic adventure novel, Randolph Scott plays Hawkeye, a frontiersman and ally to Chingachgook and Uncas, the last of their Mohican tribe. When two daughters of an English commander are captured by Huron tribesmen led by the fiendish Magua, Hawkeye and his compadres fight to restore them to safety, and in the process become snagged in the larger French and Indian War. Philip Dunne’s screenplay departs crucially from the novel in its depiction of the erstwhile stolid Hawkeye as a softer-hearted romantic lead, a departure echoed and furthered by Michael Mann’s 1992 adaptation.
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