How The Last of the Mohicans' Final Scene Defined Michael Mann's Career

How The Last of the Mohicans' Final Scene Defined Michael Mann's Career
In the timeline of Michael Mann's career, his 1992 historical The Last of the Mohicans marked only his fourth of eleven feature films. Slotted six years after Manhunter and three before his breakout masterpiece Heat, the directorial touches now synonymous with a Mann venture were already in prime form (albeit through the lens of a more straightforward tale than his later subversive oeuvres): razor-sharp editing, meticulous action choreography, scenery filmed as intimately as a protagonist, and a nigh-unparalleled realistic virtuosity. Each trait is seamlessly embodied in the film's final ten-minute sequence, uncoincidentally one of the most compact and affecting cinema endings in the thirty years since its release and a vivid blueprint forecasting Mann's stylistic evolution.
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