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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 7 Sep 1996 09:35:44 -0500
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 >I think David Bordwell's FILM HISTORY mentions that Coppola cut some footage
>from NAPOLEON when it was shown in New York to accomodate his Dad's crummy
>musical score.
 >When shown on British TV, the powers that be decided not to show the final
>triptych after debating initially that audiences ought to have three TVs in
>their room to see the effect. This is true. I actually phoned the company up
>at the time and learned this astounding fact!!!
  >The American version does have the triptych but the sound needs to be
>turned dowm throughout the entire film due to the dreadful music score.
When shown in US theaters in the '80s NAPOLEON's final reel (the
triptych part) was presented via the anamorphic process (as in
CinemaScope, Panavision)--even though the rest of the film was not! If
the projectionist was not alert that last reel was often shown WITHOUT
an anamorphic lens, making for a very skinny Napoleon.
A friend of mine who wasn't familiar with the anamorphic process (and
thus did not know to complain) reported this happening at a screening
in in Birmingham, AL.
Which reminds me, Spike Lee's CROOKLYN has an anamorphic "dream"
sequence in it, but was meant to be shown squeezed.  Quite perplexing
for conscientious projectionists who aren't warned about it ahead of
Jeremy Butler
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