Two disc Open Range: full film commentary Kevin Costner is Directing 101 to understand the personal aspects of art making.
Broken Trail Robert Duvall is a second in the Western trilogy based on true stories woven into mythic and historically informative art.
Open Range is similar to Foyle's War 8 Seasons, another cinematherapy contribution based on Imperial War Museum, Mass Observation diaries collected since 1937, newspaper magazine radio archives of the Homefront during WWII: rationing which became worse AFTER WWII was complete, ongoing interpersonal conflicts, greed, vanity, profit making from war. Absorbing and understanding history through due diligence: research, interviews with curator of Imperial War Museum, collected writings of individuals in real time as the events of WWII were unfolding.
Parenthood Steve Martin Mary Steenburgen Rick Moranis Tom Hulce Keanu Reeves Dianne Wiest Jason Robards comedy Featurette with Ron Howard and writers contributes the perspective of men who become fathers at mid life and their experiences captured on film.
Documentary Halftime: Five Yale Men at Mid-life. Interviews at 25th reunion: aspirations, hopes, disappointments, cobbling together one's life after re-imagining what can still be.
Michael Jeter 50 years old (Percy) died after completion of Open Range and Polar Express.
Herb Kohler was in a difficult time in his life, and Costner offered him a role honoring his immigrant ancestors to the US, who created the Kohler plumbing company, gave living wage jobs to other immigrants which respectfully allowed other refugees to save and achieve the American dream, home ownership.
Costner honors them in his commentary.
Entire film commentary by Costner reiterates the personal nature of Memory Palaces from the Greek word mnemon meaning “to remember” Greek mythology, Mnemosyne goddess of memory. Open Range, the people, objects, relationships create time-place memories for the director. A single object, the chloroform bottle elicits the months spent cobbling together funding, writing, choosing and building locations, actors, costume, storyboarding, dressing the set for historical accuracy. Open Range is not a documentary but a collection of memory and archive from the writers, of a circle of caring, a collaboration which creates art.
The quiet and encompassing J Michael Muro cinematography allows one to glide into the comfort of a slow and unfettered lifestyle: camping, rescuing a Mexican orphan, a sheepdog puppy, and running cattle from the Mexican to the Canadian border, rain wind human greed vanity and desire for control. The storyline segues into PTSD after effects, blowback from memory of one's own actions of harm visited on others.
But the worst things, I did those to myself. Marianne Sense and Sensibility 2008.
The second disc of the Special Edition offers Making Of, deleted scenes with commentary by Costner, documentary of the actual Old West with Teddy Roosevelt, music video. Informative and add the the appreciation of the film, though the director's commentary is the most highly educational.
Gorgeous cinema, a personal tribute to a memory of collaborative art making and the value of journals, film, sculpture, photos as Memory Palaces. 5*