DARK DISCUSSIONS faces THE REVENANT
The Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle The Revenant has gotten a lot of buzz—but is it actually any good?
There were a lot of varying opinions regarding this on the most recent episode of Dark Discussions, which is up now: http://www.darkdiscussions.com/Pages/podcast_216.html.
My late father was extremely interested in the Mountain Men and this period in American History spawned by the explorations of Lewis and Clark, so I went into this film with a little bit of knowledge – mostly, though, about keelboats and beaver conservation, to be honest. I’ve chosen what I’d consider reputable resources in case you’d like to know a little more about this fascinating era; perhaps just reading a little bit will whet the appetite.
A Majority of Scoundrels: An Informal History of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, by Don Berry (Oregon State University Press, 2006) http://amzn.com/0870710893
The Keelboat Age on Western Waters, by Leland Dewitt Baldwin (University of Pittsburgh Press,1941) http://amzn.com/B0006APA6I
The Saga of Hugh Glass: Pirate, Pawnee, and Mountain Man, by John Myers Myers (Bison Books, 1976) http://amzn.com/0803258348
Everything you need to know about the real Hugh Glass. Seriously, ignore all the ‘real story’ internet articles and start here. There are even extensive lists of resources and further reading.
Museum of the Fur Trade
Museum of the Mountain Man
The Mountain Men (1999)
Provides a pretty decent overview of that period in history. Great if you want a general background; 92 minutes. https://youtu.be/8MYIItApGPA
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, by Michael Punke (Picador 2015 re-edition; originally published in 2002) http://amzn.com/1250072689
This is the novel the film was based on.
Man in the Wilderness, by Jack DeWitt (1971) http://amzn.com/B000VO2JM2
This one is tough to find, but it, too, tells pretty much the same story as Punke’s book and was made into a film. If you’re desperate, keep your eyes open at library book sales. I’ve seen copies show up there plenty of times because it’s usually a movie tie-in edition and people tend to dump those.
Man in the Wilderness (1971), starring Richard Harris and John Huston (yes, that John Huston).
Instantly Stream on Amazon: http://amzn.com/B000NZX4JQ
DVD (part of a double feature): http://amzn.com/B00132D7Y0
Architectural Digest: “Step Inside Leonardo DiCaprio’s New Movie, The Revenant,” by Elizabeth Stamp
Stunning photographs by the film’s production designer Jack Fisk (and a couple of others). Be sure to read the captions – this is fascinating stuff.
The Daily Mail: “Walk on the wild side: The breath-taking real-life landscapes used in the Oscar-nominated Revenant (including the forest where the infamous bear attack was shot),” by Becky Pemberton
This article does a beautiful job of detailing every single shooting location of pretty much every scene in the film.
The Telegraph Interview: “’Raw bison liver is good to eat’: Ray Mears fact-checks The Revenant,” by Rupert Hawksley
Survivalist Ray Mears talks about the film’s level of realism.
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