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Added by Mr. Saturn on 30 Jan 2012 08:37
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Incomplete and Lost Films

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People who added this item 336 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8
Greed (1924)

Erich von Stroheim's "Greed" (1925), like the Venus de Milo, is acclaimed as a classic despite missing several parts deemed essential by its creator. - Roger Ebert (His reviews contain spoilers, and are best saved 'til after watching a film.)

When film preservationist Henri Langlois showed von Stroheim the surviving footage, he said, "This was like an exhumation for me. In a tiny coffin I found a lot of dust, a terrible smell, a little backbone and a shoulder bone."

Erich von Stroheim's greatest films were cut by studio executives, and hours of film were lost or destroyed. Greed was originally approximately 10 hours, and shortened to 2 hours despite von Stroheim's objections.

Jonathan Rosenbaum's review of the 4 hour reconstruction of Greed using film stills, and career retrospective of von Stroheim is worth reading after viewing the restored version.
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People who added this item 378 Average listal rating (240 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7

RKO cut 45 minutes of the film and added a happy ending Welles called bullshit; the RKO cuts are lost.

The Vanity Fair article Magnificent Obsession describes the film and the search for the missing footage.
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People who added this item 1411 Average listal rating (764 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1

... the production designer, Rashit Safiullin, recalls that Tarkovsky spent a year shooting a version of the outdoor scenes of Stalker. However, when the crew got back to Moscow, they found that all of the film had been improperly developed and their footage was unusable...

By the time the film stock defect was discovered, Tarkovsky had shot all the outdoor scenes and had to burn them. Safiullin contends that Tarkovsky was so despondent that he wanted to abandon further production of the film.

After the loss of the film stock, the Soviet film boards wanted to shut the film down, officially writing it off. But Tarkovsky came up with a solution: he asked to make a two-part film, which meant additional deadlines and more funds. Tarkovsky ended up reshooting almost all of the film with a new cinematographer... According to Safiullin, the finished version of Stalker is completely different from the one Tarkovsky originally shot. - Wikipedia
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People who added this item 3719 Average listal rating (2448 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
The Wizard of Oz has a few deleted or extended scenes. The song, The Jitterbug, was edited together with stills on some releases.
A reprise of Somewhere over the Rainbow set in the witch's castle was deleted.

The Scarecrow's dance to 'If I Only had a Brain' was cut.

You can read more on IMDB.
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People who added this item 4892 Average listal rating (3211 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Taxi Driver (1976)
There's a very interesting movie legend about Scorsese's decision to change the color of the blood.

The negatives of the scene are considered lost.
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People who added this item 2014 Average listal rating (1067 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Metropolis (1927)

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People who added this item 6531 Average listal rating (4542 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4

Stanley Kubrick decided to edit out scenes showing the aftermath of Jack's disappearance, and the scenes are now lost.
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People who added this item 180 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1

The Thief and the Cobbler was decades in the making, before the animator lost creative control. The film was never finished as the animator planned, and it was passed around a few studios who cheapened the film.

The Uncobbled Cut, an unnoficial fan edit, merges the inferior film versions, and makes edits to the films, like making Tack the cobbler a silent character, in an attempt to restore the vision of Richard Williams.
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People who added this item 168 Average listal rating (85 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
The Wind (1928)

In the original ending, Letty goes mad from guilt after she killed, and wanders the desert to die.
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People who added this item 2376 Average listal rating (1481 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Blue Velvet (1986)
The film was cut to two hours from four hours of footage.
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People who added this item 1060 Average listal rating (620 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Freaks (1932)

... the studio insisted on a macabre ending and rejected Browning's more melancholy fadeout, which sympathized with the plight of these much-maligned social outcasts. But after the horrified response to the preview screening of Freaks, the studio drastically cut the film from a length of around ninety minutes to just over an hour. According to the authors of Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, "The truncated version jettisoned the horrifying details of the mud-dripping freaks swarming over the tree-pinned Olga Baclanova and pouring into a circus wagon to castrate her lover. Several comic scenes were eliminated, including one of the turtle-girl being amorously pursued by a seal. A rambling epilogue set in a second-story London dime museum called Tetrallini's Freaks and Music Hall...was completely discarded, save for the final shot of Cleopatra quacking; a new prologue was added, featuring a spieling barker....who introduces the "most amazing, the most astonishing human monstrosity of all time." And finally, a second epilogue, evidently intended as a happy....ending, depicted the reconciliation of the midget lovers in Hans' palatial estate, approvingly played by Phroso and Venus." - TCM
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People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7

They are showing only the skeleton of my dead child - Erich von Stroheim

Martin Scorsese is helping the Leone family get the rights to the last 24 minutes of deleted scenes (source). They only bought the Italian rights; hopefully there's a complete English restoration (Variety).
People who added this item 495 Average listal rating (276 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8

The original 205 minute version is probably lost.
People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.7

Lobster Films made the most complete version available now.
People who added this item 103 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Wheel (1923)

La Roue was originally around seven hours and the most complete restoration is around four and a half hours.
People who added this item 228 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2

The definite version was over 9 hours, and the currently best version, Kevin Brownlow's restoration, is about 5 hours and 30 minutes.

A digitization is underway (New York Times). Unfortunately I do not have the money to see the film restored to its former glory, with triptych scenes showing across 3 screens.
People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4

Erich von Stroheim was forced to split the film into two parts. The last known copy of the last half, called The Honeymoon, was destroyed in a fire.
People who added this item 82 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
City Girl (1930)

The sound version is lost.
People who added this item 338 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2

Deaths of many of the actors prevented Lars Von Trier from finishing the trilogy and directing Riget III.
People who added this item 161 Average listal rating (85 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.8

...this rather elaborate piece of slapstick and surrealist tomfoolery was written and directed by Bresson and released in 1934, a full nine years before shooting started on his first feature, Les Anges du péché, and I had been hearing about it for years as an irretrievably lost curiosity. When asked in some interview what the film was like, Bresson had reportedly replied, “Like Buster Keaton, only much, much worse.” But then, after the incomplete film was found, one heard that he was pleased rather than appalled about the recovery. - Jonathan Rosenbaum
People who added this item 161 Average listal rating (72 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
The Idiot (1951)


Kurosawa's 4 1/2 hour film was cut by about 2 hours.
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Unfinished Films

People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6
The Professor (1919)

Chaplin didn't finish or release this film; he would have played a different character than the Tramp.
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Satoshi Kon was about halfway done with this film when he died. The studio plans on finishing it.
People who added this item 197 Average listal rating (109 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7

Shooting for the film canceled because of weather and shooting never resumed. The film wasn't edited together in its current release by Renoir. You can see the unedited material on this release.
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 0
L'enfer (1964)
People who added this item 59 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
People who added this item 66 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
Don Quixote (1992)
People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Kaleidoscope (1935)
Hitchcock wanted to film a very violent film with a gay weightlifting rapist and murderer as a protagonist, but was only able to film about an hour of footage.
This isn't Hitchock's film.
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Only Fragments Remain

People who added this item 114 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.9
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Bezhin Meadow (1937)
Bezhin Meadow was never completed and the last known surviving reels were destroyed from bombing during WWII. The film was reconstructed using film stills.
Soviet censors destroyed most of the film; one scene survives.
People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.1
Only a few minutes of The Golem survives.

Nazis opposed the film's themes about tolerance and destroyed many copies. Only 50 minutes of the film survives.
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Lost Films

Lost films I really want to see.
People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 7.3
Une visite (1955)
Francois Truffaut's first film.
People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 4 IMDB Rating 7
4 Devils (1928)

The last known copy of F.W. Murnau's film was lost by actress Mary Duncan (Silent Era)
People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 10 IMDB Rating 7.5
Der Januskopf (1920)
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 7.1

Considered one of the first million dollar films.
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Formerly Lost or Partially Lost Films

You can read more about rediscovered films on Wikipedia.
People who added this item 398 Average listal rating (214 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
L'Atalante (1934)

The complete version was restored in 1990.
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People who added this item 766 Average listal rating (443 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 8.1

The director Carl Theodor Dreyer died thinking the film was lost forever, but an original copy was found in a Norwegian mental hospital (Criterion).
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People who added this item 285 Average listal rating (150 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3

John Cassavtes preferred the second version of Shadows, and the first version was considered lost until a film professor tracked down the copy someone lost on a subway.
... there are more than 30 minutes of entirely different scenes that are not in the later version. The discovery gives us a large chunk of new work by Cassavetes - a little like discovering four or five lost Picasso paintings. - (Guardian)
People who added this item 277 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.1

A reconstruction restores around 40 minutes of lost footage.

This isn't a comprehensive list, just a list of the movies I'm interested in.

Chaplin's formerly lost propaganda film, Zepped, isn't on IMDB.

Recommendations are welcome.

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