My Fair Lady commentary question

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  1. MatthewA

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    On the audio commentary of the DVD of "My Fair Lady," Harris and Katz mention that a classic film was coming out around the same time with footage that the director (a deceased director) never intended to be in the film.

    This was around 1998. What film could this be?
     
  2. Peter Kline

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    I'm not sure it is "Touch Of Evil" as the re-edit is based on notes left by director Orson Welles. The fiim released by Unviersal originally, was not his cut.
     
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    A Touch Of Evil was extensively reconstructed and re-edited according to Welles' huge memo.

    It's probably better to have the closest vision of the director instead of something totally not his. (This goes for Greed as well.)
     
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    This may have been a reference to the Busby Berkely "scarecrow dance" sequence from The Wizard of Oz which WB was strongly considering adding to the film proper when they re-released it in the late 90s. Sanity prevailed, however, and they released it in its proper cut with the scarecrow dance staying as a DVD and laserdisc supplement where it belongs.

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    That Scarecrow dance only excists as a home movie made on the set by composer Harold Arlen (I believe.) It is rather jumpy, what with his using a handheld camera. It's been issued on laserdisc as a suppliment or in some Wizard documentaries.
     
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    Peter,

    I believe you are thinking about the "Jitterbug" number. The "scarecrow dance" is an extended dance from the "If I Only Had a Brain" number which was choreographed by Busby Berkely, but then not used. Relatively pristine audio and film elements still exist for this segment.

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    Perhaps they were referring to the original release of Touch of Evil, which came out just a few years before My Fair Lady. I could be wrong.
     
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    Ken, you're right. Got them confused. Next time I'll click my heals first.
     

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