Posted by Chris on February 21, 2000 at 23:59:52:
In Reply to: So, Now That You've Got A DVD Player ... posted by Rich/Mohican Press on February 20, 2000 at 06:59:28:
: Anyhow, "Lonesome Dove" ... As I've mentioned a time or two before, "Lonesome Dove" ranks right up there as my favorite film. It's got to be one of the best productions ever, of any genre, and the characterizations cannot be topped. No film, in my opinion, has ever created the inter-relationships & depth of character that "Lonesome Dove" contains. Brilliant. Of course the score is about my favorite. It adds to the overall production like few soundtracks have. Anyway, on the DVD, are two remarkably in-depth interviews with Larry McMurtry, author of the novel (which, by the way, the film faithfully reproduces), and the one I was completely fascinated with, one with executive producer, Suzanne De Passe. If you love this film, it's worth the DVD just for these interviews. De Passe's is particulary passionate. It was done specially for the DVD, about 11 years after "Lonesome Dove" was released. You can still hear, and see, her emotion for this work. It's no wonder the film is so powerful! Without rehashing the entire, rather lengthy interview ... which I feel prone to do! ... I'll just mention one segment. She is asked by the interviewer what her favorite scene is. She immediately replies with the scene in Miles City, Montana, where the bed-ridden Gus (Robert Duvall) is visited, for the last time, by his friend, Capt. Call (Tommy Lee Jones). She begins to waver, she gets teary eyed, and then begins to cry! 11 years later! The scene still affects her like that! Pretty amazing!
One of these days I am simply going to have to catch up with the rest of the world. For Christmas I just bought Earl the entire Lonesome Dove series, on VHS of course. He watches very few movies, but we both go back and watch those over and over again. They are simply magnificent. Now I am anxiously awaiting the filming of Comanche Moon to complete the series. After the success of the others, I am sure they'll do that one too. Thanks for the update.
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