Raw, Epic, Breathtaking: ‘LOTM’


The epic, breathtaking final sequence in ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ (1992)- Michael Mann’s award-winning adaptation of the novel by James Fenimore Cooper from 1826.

A collision of cultures and civilizations. The end of a great age. The last of the Mohicans.

A painting by Thomas Cole in 1827 portrays this same, final epic scene.

A painting by Thomas Cole in 1827 portrays this final epic scene in the Last of the Mohicans novel.

Note the cinematographic style in this sequence, which was directly inspired by the raw, epic landscapes of the American Romanticist movement of the 19th century. The stirring musical fugue, adapted from a piece by Scottish musician Dougie MacLean, is likewise evocative of this period.

Here is an amazing interview with director Michael Mann, looking back at the production.

 

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