American Romanticism in Last of Mohicans.

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The movie version of Last of the Mohicans is a cinematic masterpiece. The movie does not follow the story very heavily, but it really explores the landscapes of the frontier and has detailed costumes and set design in the recreation of the period. Michael Mann goes to great pains to recreate the actual living conditions at the time of his story. He uses a lot of special effects to hold the viewers attention. This includes all the fighting, fleeing, and cannon and flintlock fire. The film focuses on the romance between Nathanial and Cora Munro and the need for revenge by Magua. Mann made the movie is such a way that a greater audience than would just be interested in the novel. The film has a historical flavor with a degree of accuracy mixed in with dramatic themes to entice the audience.

The film portrays the battles between the French and English for control of North America in the seventeen hundred fifty seven, the third year of the war.

Native Americans, particularly the Iroquois living in the area that the movie takes place, were the intermediaries between the two forces. The film portrayed the Iroquois as vicious warriors. The different nations of Native Americans had split allegiances between the French and British. The center of the story is the most notorious event of the French and Indian War; the so-called 'massacre' of British troops, women and children by the Hurons, General Montcalm's Indian allies, after the British surrender of Fort William Henry to the French. This is interwoven with the need for revenge on Colonel Munro by Magua. The desire for revenge is rather pumped up to keep the audience on the edge of their seats than keeping with a total historical view. The alterations were made with...