Last Of The Mohicans
(20th Cent. Fox, 1992)
Epic historical drama, shot with breathtaking beauty, with the wilds of the Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains doubling admirably for upstate New York in the mid 1700s. Along with the incomparable beauty, it also won an Oscar for Best Sound, and took great care with historical props and costume, as well as use of Mohawk and Huron language. The dialogue is sparse but weighty, but the movie is carried almost entirely by the visuals from beginning to end, and brings to life Cooper's novel in ways he couldn't have ever imagined, nor even written, and suffused throughout with an excellent score, ranging from expansive as a full orchestra conveying the grandeur of the vistas, to one sparse fiddle solo to highlight the journey of the protagonist. The music that results is of a type which gets into your memory, and then won't get out.