British and French troops do battle in colonial America, with aid from various native American war parties. The British troops enlist the help of local colonial militia men, who are reluctant to leave their homes undefended. A budding romance between a British officer’s daughter and an independent man who was reared as a Mohawk complicates things for the British officer, as the adopted Mohawk pursues his own agenda despite the wrath of different people on both sides of the conflict. —IMDb
Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. For his work, he has received nominations from international organizations and juries, including those at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Cannes and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has produced the Academy Awards ceremony twice, first in 1999 with the 72nd annual Academy Awards and second in 2004 with the 77th annual ceremony.
Mann was born in Chicago of Jewish heritage, the son of grocers Esther and Jack Mann. His father was a Ukraine immigrant and World War II veteran and his mother came from a family native to Chicago. Mann was close to his father and his paternal grandfather. He grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and immersed himself in the burgeoning Chicago blues-music scene as a teenager.
He studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was an active member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, and developed… read more
Both decidedly old-fashioned and thrillingly subversive. Mann here crafted a romantic and brawny historical epic that defies the genre's most rigid conventions. The legible, grand-scale action is heavy, pervasive -- we barely have time to catch our breath at a running time under two hours. "Mohicans" is also mercifully lacking the black and white moralism and three-act structure of slowly rising conflict that results in other films of its kind feeling stagey and predictable. Two decades later and it was still such a refreshing watch; too few filmmakers have learned by Mann's example.
Poetry in motion. One of the greatest action epics ever made. Mann spins gold out of pulp. Romance, excitement, beautiful framing and stunning cinematography supported by scrupulous historical research define this classic. This movie has it all. Truly one of the most enjoyable films I have ever seen in a theater. Sometimes a filmmaker sets the bar so high that none may follow. This film is proof of that.
An exploration of the increasing visual emphasis on the ear in Michael Mann’s work.
The Last of the Mohicans screened in Chicago on October 26 as part of Doc Films' Michael Mann retrospective. *** The auteurist defense of
Above: Stand-ins help rehearse a scene from Public Enemies. Photo by Rob Olewinski. I spent a few days in the summer of 2008 on the set of