Re: RARA-AVIS: A Willeford primer for miker...

From: Stewart Wilson (
Date: 09 Jul 2003

On 9 Jul 2003, William Denton wrote:

: There was an interview with the diretor, Monte Hellman, in last
: month's UNCUT (a British music magazine). He said Corman had
: added exploding cars and topless women to the movie, but he was
: glad they'd been taken out for the DVD. It's too bad, in a way, they
: didn't include the other stuff as outtakes so we could see how badly
: it didn't fit.

There are some excellent notes from Corman and Hellman at which confirm the exploding cars & women thing (and explain why Corman added them), as well as pointing out the Corman had to add actual cockfighting footage as well, since Hellman was too repelled to film any of it.

In a typical Willeford moment of irony, there is a scene in SHARK- INFESTED CUSTARD where the four main characters are discussing how much they liked Warren Oates in Hellman's TWO-LANE BLACKTOP.

--Stewart-- Stewart Wilson

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