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"Larsson, Donald F" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 11 Oct 2003 07:39:19 -0500
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Are you thinking of films that attach "bloopers" and out-takes after the actual ending (before, during or after credits), or are you thinking of apparently deliberate choices by filmmakers to keep scenes in despite "errors" of one kind or another?  (A great example of the latter comes in NORTH BY NORTHWEST in the scene where Eva Marie Saint fakes shooting Cary Grant in the Mt. Rushmore Visitors Center cafeteria.  At the moment she pulls a gun from her purse, you can see a little boy in the background plugging his ears in anticipation of the shot!)

As to the former, one of the earlier examples I can think of is Hal Ashby's BEING THERE, with scenes of Peter Sellers constantly breaking up over one line (on the original release film, but not available on all videos; apparently, it ).  But that film is from 1979 and there are probably earlier ones.  (It's such a cliche now that it is even spoofed in animated films like A BUG'S LIFE, TOY STORY, and MONSTERS, INC.)  The first example might actually be CITIZEN KANE!  At the end, there are clips from the film as the Mercury Players are introduced, but when George Coulouris is introduced last, his line is different from the one in the film itself.  In the film, Mr. Thatcher reads Kane's letter aloud, "I *think* it would be *fun* to run a newspaper!" and growls.  In the credit sequence, he reads the line (with slightly different emphasis) and simply sighs.

Don Larsson

"Only connect" --E.M. Forster
Donald F. Larsson
English Dept., AH 230
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN  56001

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