• Son of Griff

    Comparing the script to the finished film, as you excellently do here, really highlights the role of the editor in the filmmaking process. Better yet, you understand how a more streamlined approach to storytelling generally improves the overall quality of a film, getting rid of the soggy parts even, as in the final monologue here, there is some beauty and clarity in the modern version. In this case it is sometimes better to have the viewer make that connection on their own.

    When I was getting my masters I wrote a proposal for a Criterion like restoration of a movie that had been notoriously shortened into a version beyond what the director reportedly preferred. Upon doing the same sort of script vs. final film analysis as you did here, it became clear to me that what was removed was mostly justifiable, and that a full reconstruction would have been ill advised. Didn’t stop a half assed extended version from getting released anyway, but it was a revelations that so called “directors cuts” aren’t always what they are cracked up to be.

  • pico

    Ack, this looks great but I haven’t seen the movie yet. I’ll try to find a copy and then come back so I can appreciate this.

    • The Narrator

      It’s free on Amazon Prime if you have that.

  • The Ploughman

    Differences between script and finished films never cease to fascinate me. It looks like most of the changes were for the better, with special mention to the change to the brief mention of William’s first wife’s fate. I fear the film would have had a Funky Winkerbean aftertaste.