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« on: September 18, 2013, 02:28:36 PM »

Vanishing Point is, I guess, he most famous product, but many on this board know and like his Man in the Wilderness. http://www.avclub.com/articles/rip-richard-c-sarafian-director-of-vanishing-point,103078/

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2016, 11:56:53 AM »

I came across this amazing paragraph today at http://arbogastonfilm.blogspot.com/2009/09/maple-glazed-arbo-minis-for-autumntide.html
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People have been misreading VANISHING POINT (1971) for years, mistaking its true author for director Richard C. Sarafian when they should be focusing on writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante. With a Latin at the wheel, the film works better as a Castaneda-esque Journey to Self, with the leadfooted Kowalski (Barry Newman) encountering a succession of spirit guides (one of them a naked chick who offers up a scrapbook of all his life's events) who urge him toward his destiny. (The elimination of Charlotte Rampling, as the comely shape of Death, from American prints goes a long way to clouding this revelation.) VANISHING POINT doesn't get the respect that TWO-LANE BLACKTOP (1971) does but it deserves a second look from those who assumed the forfeiture of verite was a shortcoming.
WTH? Is there an alt version of the film with Charlotte Rampling? If so, I've been watching something called Vanishing Point on TV and DVD over the years, and I've never actually seen the film!

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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2016, 03:03:49 PM »

I came across this amazing paragraph today at http://arbogastonfilm.blogspot.com/2009/09/maple-glazed-arbo-minis-for-autumntide.htmlWTH? Is there an alt version of the film with Charlotte Rampling? If so, I've been watching something called Vanishing Point on TV and DVD over the years, and I've never actually seen the film!

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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2016, 03:05:55 AM »

The scene was only included in the UK, they may have forgotten to shorten the dub-negative - or they included because Charlotte was well-known in England of course.
The UK version is on the US DVD (double-sided release).
It's good to have it for die hard fans like me, but it slows the film down and feels out of context.
The Grotto scene of VP Smiley.

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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2016, 07:27:15 AM »

Thanks, Mike. I think I have that DVD. I'll have to try to find it . . .

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