re: Director's cut

lancia@acmenet.net
Sat, 15 Jul 2000 06:21:23 -0700 (PDT)

> I always wondered about "A New Leaf," which the
> "studio" ruined and Elaine May has been purportedly
> vastly unhappy with the released version of her film.
> I myself think it's one of the funniest films ever
> made - could a Director's cut possibly improve it?
> --
> Helene H.
> AV Librarian
> Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library
>
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I think we sometimes forget that most film and video productions Hollywood or
independent are "team sports". There are lot of personalities that will bang
into each other. The question of, "who's vision is this work?" sometimes falls
to quickly to the director.

Elaine May's version of A NEW LEAF ran close to three hours. How many film
comedies that were any good (other than those based on Shapespeare) are more
than 100 minutes long?

The producer has his place. Jean-Luc Godard hated producers that let him do
what he wanted. He understood that film and video are a creative process. One
hopes together the group can reach a common goal.

Lenny Zapala
Menands Public Library

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