Behind the Scenes Footage (Courtesy of Thelma Schoonmaker)
Interview with Ian Christie (Michael Powell's Biographer)
Biographies - David O.Selznick, Jennifer Jones, David Farrer, Cyril Cusack, Michael Powell, Ian Christie Photo Gallery
Dissatisfied with the original film, Selznick hired director Rouben Mamoulain t o direct new scenes while cutting others. After he had finished THE WILD HEART ran for only 82 minutes, compared to the 110 minute GONE TO EARTH, with all but35 minutes of Powell & Pressburger's original remaining. Seen by most critics \ as a far superior film, GONE TO EARTH is now recognised as one of Powell & Pressburger's most beautiful films with stunning photography, superb performances, glorious Technicolour and a haunting music score by Brian Easdale.
Jennifer Jones plays Hazel Woods, a beautiful young English Gypsey girl who loves animals and in particular her pet fox. She is hotly desired by Jack Reddin (David farrar) a fox hunting squire who vies for her affection and pursues her even after her marriage to the local pastor.
A magnificent acheivement by Powell and Pressburger, full of the mysterious atmosphere of the Welsh Marches. Sadly, it was butchered before release - just 35 minutes remained in the 1950 cinema release. This DVD is the full 110 minute restored version, and the DVD transfer is superb for a film of this age. The audio is also excellent. There are even good extras, rare in a budget British DVD.
The outdoor shots are superb, and thankfully there are only a few seconds of back-projection here and there. If you like P&P's work (I Know Where I'm Going, Colonel Blimp, A Canterbury Tale), then you'll love this. Also a 'must' for Kilvert's Diary lovers.
It seems the DVD pack designer was just handed a few old black & white film stills and didn't even watch the film. This is because the front image and the rear three stills are all in black & white! It would be a shame if this put off potential viewers - as it's actually in georgeous, subtle technicolour.
The only (slight) let down is the sharpness and suddenness of the ending. Buy & enjoy!
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