It's really easy to mess up a making-of documentary. I haven't watched
one for quite a while but probably the most common mistake that I see
in them is when they have a few brief pieces of narration, thoughts on
the movie from some of the cast and crew, but the vast majority of it
is just clips from the film which, more often than not, you just
finished watching. It's like watching a 30 minute theatrical trailer
with a voice-over.
But the Making of Dances with Wolves tells some good detail not only
about what it was like making it but the whole back story about how the
movie was basically born, which is a pretty impressive story, by the
way. Kevin Costner also says near the beginning that movies are about
dilemma, about not knowing what you would do in a given situation,
which is exactly what I had been thinking about throughout the movie
when I was watching it.
The documentary ends with him wondering how he accomplished what he
accomplished with Dances with Wolves, and wondering if he could ever do
anything like that again, or even if he could have done a few more days
of what he had been doing at the time he was making the film. Needless
to say, he achieved his goals in making the movie, and so much more.
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