Mann Trouble

It goes without saying that the period otherwise known as the Enlightenment -- whose stately pulse Stanley Kubrick captured (to a fault) in his faithful adaptation of Thackeray's Barry Lyndon -- is rendered by Michael Mann as merely another lush movie set. The picture matches the chronological authenticity of Blazing Saddles!, albeit unintentionally. To be sure, good directors don't come in numbers, and great ones certainly aren't made by feeble attempts to stretch their abilities -- and the audience's credulity -- beyond natural limits. We know that Spike Lee will never adapt Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest for the big screen, but who's to say Michael won't, and soon?

Ah, but that's the wisdom of Mann.

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
Directed by Michael Mann; written by Michael Mann and Christopher Crowe; with Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Steven Waddington, Jodhi May, Russell Means, Patrice Chereau, Eric Schweig, and Wes Studi.

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