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My Darling Clementine
Commentaries on this disc:
John Ford biographer Scott Eyman (author of "
Print the Legend
") and Wyatt Earp III, grandson of Wyatt Earp
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Reviewed by Uniblab on April 18th, 2009
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Eyman does a very detailed and comprehensive commentary, covering the movie from several points of view: the historical events and characters it depicts; the various talents involved in its making; its place in John Ford's filmography and what it represents in light of his biography in general and directorial style in particular. Eyman, to his credit, also addresses very efficiently, the issue of the two (quite similar) versions of the movie caused by Darryl Zanuck's direct interference in its making. Eyman is able to impart, in just a couple of minutes during the commentary, pretty much the same amount of information of the 40-minute DVD featurette about the subject. However, I can't help noticing a major drawback in the commentary: Eyman speaks, mainly during the first half of the movie, in frantic bursts that made impossible for me to follow what he was saying without rewinding the DVD a thousand times. As a minor drawback, he also seems to be too harsh with Linda Darnell and her acting. Wyatt Earp III's contribution, although of undeniable interest given his family ties, was separately recorded and reduced to just a couple of remarks. He even says "...as I said" a couple of times, and that's odd, since we have no idea what was that he said because it ended up out of the track.
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