Re: RARA-AVIS: The Big Sleep dvd

Date: 21 Aug 2003

On Thu, Aug 21, 2003 at 09:30:28PM -0400, Bill Bowers wrote:
> <-----------Original Message----------->
> >Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 19:29:03 -0400 (EDT)
> >From: (Mark Sullivan)
> >Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Films: Gerlach
> >
> >Hell, as far as that goes, which Hawks's Big Sleep? The original
> >release or the original, but only recently released cut? Then again,
> >aren't both on the DVD?
> ...both are on the single disc (but double-sided) DVD I bought quite some
> time ago, along with a documentary analyzing the differences between the
> 1945 & 1946 versions, There is only two minutes difference in the running
> time between the two....
> Having said that, no, I've not yet watched the documentary [according to
> the dvd liner notes the 1946 version is "full of reshot scenes of
> incendiary Bogart/Bogart chemistry", fwiw], nor the longer 1945
> "prerelease" version...

Heretical as it may seem, I prefer the pre-release version. Bacall has never been a favorite of mine and there's less of her in that one. Also the plot makes more sense (well, a little) and seems a little more 'noir' to me. By that I mean, there's less Hollywood glamour. As the documentary on the DVD makes clear, the purpose of the changes was to showcase Bacall. They did so at the expense of the movie, in my opinion. I'm not saying the released version is bad, but more was lost than gained by the changes.

Mark McGlone

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