THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1920)

Synopsis

James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans was filmed many times; this is the 1920s silent version.  The story takes place in 1757, at the time of the fall of Fort William Henry during the Seven Years War.  The film is ultimately about the fall of the fort, but the theme that is most often discussed is the interracial relationship between Uncas and Cora Munro.  Cora and Alice Munro, daughters of General Munro, are entrusted to the care of Magua and Heyward for a safe arrival at Fort Henry.  Magua, a Huron, is an Indian runner for the British, and Major Heyward is a soldier of the British army who is in love with Alice.  En route to Fort William Henry, Cora, Alice, and Heyward find themselves in the care of Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook -- the last two are the last members of the Mohican tribe.  Cora and Uncas find themselves immediately attracted to each other.  The girls are captured by Magua, who lusts after Cora, and the Huron, a tribe that were allies to the French during the Seven Years War.  The girls are rescued, captured again, and ultimately rescued again.  But the doomed racial triangle of Cora, Uncas, and Magua has a tragic climax.
 
 

Copyright (c) 1999 by Jessica Baker Roche, Undergraduate at Lehigh University.

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