Author Topic: I was watching The Ladykillers last night...  (Read 387 times)

Shit Good Nose

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I was watching The Ladykillers last night...
« on: March 05, 2019, 01:33:00 PM »
...(the original).  It's still a classic of course and I've seen it many many times over the years.  But last night, watching it for the first time in the best part of a decade, I noticed a little odd moment that I'd never clocked before.  Alec Guinness has his back to Herbert Lom who is berating him, and then the camera closes in on an angry Lom who stops mid-sentence and suddenly has a look of worry on his face, the music changes, the camera cuts to Guinness' back, then cuts to Peter Sellers who has a look of panic on his face and is reaching, presumably, for a gun, before the whole moment is interrupted by the entrance of Katie Johnson and her farty door.

What duh fuck dat all about?

The only thing I can liken it to is that moment at the very end of Taxi Driver when Travis looks in the rearview mirror.


Also here's where I say I don't mind the Coen brothers remake. 

Wet Blanket

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Re: I was watching The Ladykillers last night...
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2019, 02:33:47 PM »
I'm pretty sure it's because in 1955 Alec Guinness' expression was deemed too scary for a U certificate so they chopped it out to avoid an A. I think there is a version they sometimes show on TV with the scary face intact, but for some reason it's the cut version that's on certain home media versions. It might be that at some point it got restored from a censored print and this became the 'official' one.

Similarly, Universal's official release version of Psycho appears to be the vintage 'censored' version. The bits cut out have cropped up on TV prints 

Glebe

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Re: I was watching The Ladykillers last night...
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2019, 07:41:53 PM »
Yeah, that moment in odd. I think I just assumed that they knew he was about to turn mental or summit. In any case, it's one of me favourite films.

I've only seen the Coen's remake once a few years back, but I was not impressed. Mrs. Wilberforce, such an essential ingredient of the original film, is reduced to a shouty woman as I recall.

Didn't Graham 'Transphobia' Linehan do a stage version or that?

Ant Farm Keyboard

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Re: I was watching The Ladykillers last night...
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2019, 10:31:28 PM »
Similarly, Universal's official release version of Psycho appears to be the vintage 'censored' version. The bits cut out have cropped up on TV prints 

There's a German "Legacy Collection" released a few weeks ago that has the uncut version.

https://bloody-disgusting.com/home-video/3532642/upcoming-psycho-collection-blu-ray-release-germany-includes-home-video-debut-psycho-uncut/