noirio wrote:Naive question - but how likely is it that the LADY-bits will ever re-surface?
As for the fun house sequence... I must say I thought it seemed as if only little was missing. The cuts seemed to flow pretty well into each scene. If this was really MUCH longer, then it was cut in a way where it was almost impossible to say what and why elements were cut.
Roger Ryan wrote:As I've mentioned a number of times on this site, the existing "cutting continuity" for Welles' original edit demonstrates that LADY FROM SHANGHAI was a much more carefully structured film than the re-edited/re-shot 87 minute version would suggest. Astonishingly, many of the scenes that clarified character motivation or guided the viewer from one locale to another were left on the cutting room floor.
mteal wrote:The preview cards filled out by audience members after the preview. These exist for Ambersons; why not for LADY FROM SHANGHAI?
major pepper wrote:...Even without the preview cards, several elements make me think that the public should have been puzzled in 1946-48 because of the camera movement (the MA's previews cards already talk about a "camera crazy") and the nightmarish or morbid stills during the fun house sequence.
Of course, it's impossible to know...
...I wonder if a lot of footage was deleted during the finale scene with the broken mirrors. In Orson Welles's script, there was more dialogue in the beginning of this sequence with Bessie.
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