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The Lady from Shanghai
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Reviewed by petershelleyau on March 19th, 2012
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Bogdanovich rarely makes comments on what is happening on screen. Rather he recites from an interviews he had with Orson Welles, a memo Welles wrote to Harry Cohn about how the film had been edited, and provides some backstory about the production which is occasionally interesting. There are some pauses of silence, and overall this is a disappointing experience.
Reviewed by grimjack on May 28th, 2019
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Peter Bogdanovich is clearly the right person to get to do a commentary on the film, but he spends so little time talking about what is happening, instead telling long stories about the film, the making of, Orson Welles, and other big things rather than the small moments. Perhaps this is the right way to go, since he does spend a lot of time talking about the version of the movie that Orson shot, that is almost an hour longer than the 90 minute version we got after the studio tore it apart. Of note is talking about the film "The Other Side of the Wind" as never going to be finished, and it just was a few months ago. The commentary would not feel so disappointing if I were merely listening to a podcast, as it really does not matter what you are watching while he is talking as only maybe 10 percent relates to what is happening on the screen at the moment.
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