Butchering of Films

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Dave Pitts

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Re: Butchering of Films

PostTue Oct 10, 2017 8:36 am

Way back around 1970, on the Tonight Show, Carson's guest was a male comic -- could've been George Carlin -- and they began to riff on old movies. (Carlin used to do a bit about watching crowd scenes in old movies and wondering if everyone in the crowd was now dead, so I'm imagining him in this vague memory.) They began to talk about local stations cutting up films, and the guest remarked that he had briefly worked at a small-market station where, when it was time for commercial, they just left the film running -- after the ads, they would jump back into the film, wherever the story was. This struck Carson as so funny that he almost fell off his chair.
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R Michael Pyle

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Re: Butchering of Films

PostTue Oct 10, 2017 8:55 am

Last night I re-watched "The Big Sleep" (1946) for the umpteenth time. It got me thinking about this thread because, although after years of watching this film I've finally got all the plot elements figured out - this when even the authors weren't sure about things when they saw the film when it was finished!!!!!!!!! - how would one cut this film and give an audience even an inkling of how to figure out who did what to whom??!!
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Re: Butchering of Films

PostTue Oct 10, 2017 11:33 am

As long as you know who the good guys and who the bad guys are, it doesn't matter.
“Sentimentality is when it doesn't come off—when it does, you get a true expression of life's sorrows.” —Alain-Fournier
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Re: Butchering of Films

PostTue Oct 10, 2017 2:36 pm

Mike Gebert wrote:As long as you know who the good guys and who the bad guys are, it doesn't matter.


Because I am intelligent I worked it out that the bad guys wear black hats and the good guys wear white hats! :D
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Re: Butchering of Films

PostWed Oct 11, 2017 6:14 am

I'm sorry, but Hoppy just wasn't a bad guy--------------------------------was he?? :(
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