25 April 2003 | m0rphy
THE LESSER FOXY TALE
I refer readers to the original, longer and in my opinion better version entitled "Gone To Earth" (1950), which I have reviewed here under the latter title.Other reviewers too have pertinent comments which I recommend reading.The subject version was Selznick's severely edited version (down to 80 minutes) in which he only retained about 35 minutes of the original then transported the major actors back to Hollywood and had Raoul Mamoulian film additional scenes as the original flopped in England after its release and this version similarly failed in 1952 in the U.S.A. after its release there.For example in the subject version Jack Reddin makes it clear to the Reverend Marston that he is going to have a new addition to his congregation soon,(i.e. that he has made Hazel pregnant after she married the Reverend, quite a contraversial thing to say in 1950!).I sense that Powell & Pressburgers' films of this era are now only being re-appraised and enjoyed by a different and more appreciative generation of filmgoers and I recommend those quoted in my other critique.
One difference in "The Wild Heart" is a prologue spoken by the late Jo Cotten a la "Duel in the Sun".Certainly the new digitalised and remastered colours of "Gone to Earth" are vastly superior to this version.I have sensed that USA viewers may have a problem obtaining the latter version but try Blackstar.co.uk - Europe's largest video dealer if there is a supply problem.I own both versions and I suppose each has merit and should both be viewed to obtain an overall impression.