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LastSurvivor said:Interesting There's me thinking you would suggest watching the 76 cut first!! lol. I'm glad I asked. Will let you know how I get on.
When I bought the DVDs i watched the 78 cut first, based on imdb, rottentomatoes and amazon reviews. Its definitely interesting to see what Cassavettes changed in the 78 cut compared to the 76 cut. The 76 release of the film was a huge failure, I think it lasted something like 2 weeks. Then it was pulled from theaters. Cassavettes reworked it. (There is some audio interview clips in the special features of Cassavettes discussing the film, and i thought it was prety interesting). He then released a new version in 78. And that version is not just a trimmed down cut of the original, he changes around the order of scenes, replaces scenes, add scenes etc. To me they are two separate movies and there is a very interesting article online that analyzes the two movies and really shows that the storyline and the image of the main character actually end up being very different in each version.
Anyway, I am looking forward to hearing what you thought of the edit.