A teacher's influence on his students may seem a tame theme for a film, but the "making of" documentary accompanying this Kevin Kline vehicle shows how many ramifications the teacher/student relations

A teacher's influence on his students may seem a tame theme for a film, but the "making of" documentary accompanying this Kevin Kline vehicle shows how many ramifications the teacher/student relationship has in today's society. The feature explains how such values as honor and "acting rightly" are often pitted against today's often compromised values. Further, the importance of teaching children about history and great thinkers is explored. A number of deleted scenes reveal more background info about the characters, particularly about the Sedgewick Bell role, which is played by Emile Hirsch. For example, the classroom scene involving the reading of Julius Caesar and the phone conversation between Bell's father and professor Hundert give viewers more insight into Bell's need for success through unconventional means. Additional scenes with Hundert reveal more about his naiveté. The DVD also includes a commentary with director Michael Hoffman and cast and filmmaker biographies.—JK