The Electric

What's On

Cinematic Time Machine: The Last Of The Mohicans

Sunday 20th August


Screen 2

Director: Michael Mann

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe

Rating: 12

USA 1992, 111mins

The screening will be preceded by an introduction from B Film academic Will McKeown.

The last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans - Uncas (Eric Schweig), his father Chingachgook (Russell Means), and his adopted half-white brother Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) - live in peace alongside British colonists. But when the daughters (Madeleine Stowe, Jodhi May) of a British colonel are kidnapped by a traitorous scout, Hawkeye and Uncas must rescue them in the crossfire of a gruesome military conflict of which they wanted no part: the French and Indian War.

Filmed amid the spectacular mountains, rivers and forests of North Carolina by Mann's regular cinematographer, Dante Spinotti, the film is a visual joy, while Trevor Jones' majestic, spine-tingling score (with additional music by Randy Edleman) is one of the finest of the decade. Taking time to establish the motives of British and French colonists and the various native tribes, as well as the varying opinions and characters within these groupings, Mann offers balance and complexity, yet never loses sight of the object here: telling a stirring yarn laced with bold action set pieces and passionate romance.