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Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

I've posted recently asking which films you would choose to re-edit and who would you cast in which role.

Here I pick out some of your best responses.

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    Comment number 4.

    BO-wee - his ground-breaking LP from 76 is called LOW does not rhyme with cow. Nick Lowe had en EP in 77 called Bowi - as a pun on his name! Please pass this info on to David Hepworth and any other suburban Londoners with weird, semi-cockney annunciation problems.

    Think like that bloke Mr Smoketoomuch who couldn't pronounce the letter C in that Python sketch - replace all your 'ow's (cry of pain) with 'oh's (cry of delight), simple, non?

    How (rhymes with cow) hard can it be?

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    Comment number 5.

    I agree with that Trainspotting comment. Its a great film but i would have liked Kelly Macdonald to be in it more as theres not much in the way of female characters in it. It doesnt ruin it but does seem a little one sided.
    In fact once, after reading a critical evaluation of the novels of Philip Roth and how some feel he doesnt really incorporate or represent women into his stories, i was looking through my dvd collection pondering how many of these films can really boast a significant female role and not just a character to expose the male lead's dilemna. I have to be honest, i couldnt come up with many where the male and female characters shared equal screen time and an equal ammount of character exposition to drive the narrative. But now you come to mention it, perhaps thats the appeal of Titanic.

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    Comment number 6.

    I thought there were a number of edits of Caligula available already and not just because of censorship issues. I'm sure Arrow or some such put out a dvd with multiple versions a few years back.
    Its got quite a cast of luvvies and for that alone it certainly has a curiosity value if you can stomach its excesses !

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    Comment number 7.

    Is there a good movie somewhere in Caligula?

    Power, ambition, murder, sex, madness, war and intrigue; it does make a good story; a pity Shakespeare never tackled it. I imagine that Vidal also wanted to compare Rome’s decadence with (his) modern day Washington.

    A remake of ‘I Claudius’ - as Robert Graves wrote it - could make a very good film.

    The TV series was a good adaptation (and John Hurt was much better than McDowell in conveying Caligula’s madness) and better than the Brass movie (and also had to hint at the incest, murder and bloodletting of Graves book); a serious attempt to film ‘I Claudius’ could do the story justice.

    The only two directors that come to mind that could have made a decent job of this, and captured the decadence, double standards and violence of the period are – each in their own way - Ken Russell and Andrzej Wajda (both too old now).

    Neither director shied away from being explicit, but always to make a point. Think of Russell’s The Devils or Wajda’s The Promised Land.

    Nowadays; US & European cinema plays too safe; possibly a director from Korea or Japan could do it. But then they have their own countries stories to tell.

    And, as no one else mentions it… Helen ‘kit off; Mirren. Now one of our national treasures.

    Will any director be as brave as Russell was in 'Women in Love', to do a good, very serious movie complete with full frontal nudity (Bates, Reed, Jackskon etc).

    And no Lars Von Wotsit, you’re not in their league.

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    Comment number 8.

    In terms of Editing: A lot of films could do with editing out the "dramatic + crescendo + classical + heart-strings/triumph + ending-on-a-high" MUSIC to hammer home to the audience how to emotionally respond.

    God almighty it ruins so many films and is so clumsy (confidence in the film's story/drama is evidently very low for someone making the bluedy film!).

    Eg LOTRs interminable soundtrack. Or the othernight a solid film Source Code's "5 minutes" of piano music at the end... such a let down.



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