Senior HTF Member
- Apr 15, 2006
Well this is where we differ beyond the music, because frankly I wish Peckinpah had dialed back this obsession with making Dundee more flawed then he needed to be depicted. The things he added to further skew the film in this direction, the whole pointlessness of Senta Berger, the over-emphasis on the French rather than the Apache menace, the drunken despair scene, are the film's biggest flaws from a narrative standpoint. And given that Peckinpah didn't even give us an ending of them returning to clarify what happens to Dundee, I'm wholly unconvinced that another 25 minutes of more down time in the village (as one lost scene was, showing a knife fight between Gomez and Potts) or showing battle scenes in slow-mo would have helped the narrative. The long cut fixes the film's worst narrative problem the theatrical cut left us with regarding the fate of Riago and the matter of the strategy they are now employing against the Apache to defeat them. Other than that, the only narrative problems that remain for me would be showing more of the Rostes massacre at the beginning and giving us a scene at the end back at the fort tying things up (and making note of the fact that the war ends by the time they have returned, which is a detail this film cried out to address). Since neither was shot, the film is unfixable even with a phantom long cut of the "Peckinpah vision" from my standpoint.