One can simply tell that the continuity is ragged in the South American sequence; it feels like Welles' intent was to get the audience involved in the foreign intrigue and then switch the locale to small town America with a dramatic change of tone. As it stands, the South American material is hurried along in a way that makes it feel inconsequential to the narrative. The number of dissolves in this section indicate that excerpts are being shown instead of full scenes. I'm not certain how Kindler was supposed to be shown in South America stumbling through baby coffins (as Welles has claimed)...Also, given the way Welles shoots the scene of Mary waking up later in the film, it feels like a climax to a longer (dream?) sequence.
I don't think any footage was cut out of the stranger. What watchdog may have printed are the scene breakdown sheets, which have all the scenes that were written in the final shooting script, 9/24/1945. Before filming began, the scenes that are considered missing scenes along with scenes that were filmed and are in the film today, were crossed out of the shooting schedule. The continuity script, which is done for legal reasons, is exactly as the film stands today. I do not think these missing scenes were ever filmed. I know 2 respected books say the scenes were filmed, but i researched in the same place one of those books researched, and i didn't any proof.
i've seen that picture of meineke against the stucko building, i think it's a publicity shot. looks like it was shot on that set with the archways.
the stranger evolution according to what i have found:
8/9/1945 bitching temporary draft written by veiller, huston and welles
nimms and speigel tamper with the bitching temporary draft, cut out a bunch of scenes, and this edited version became the final shooting script, 9/24/45.
secretary types the scene breakdown sheets from the 9/24/45 final shooting script.
producer types shooting schedule from the scene breakdown sheets.
before filming began, scenes were crossed out of shooting schedule. so now both drafts of the screenplay have a bunch of scenes that are not in the film.
some of the scenes crossed out of the shooting schedule are in the film today, the majority are not.
what they mostly cut out is the geography of the film. both rankin and mary tool around town in open roadsters. they cut out rankin meeting and courting mary. they cut out a bunch of south america stuff. they cut out another demented speech in the church tower by rankin. the curch confession happens in a speeding roadster. too bad. it could have been an incredible movie as written.
the continuity script is written from the release version of the film. continuity is exactly as the film stands in the roan dvd.
in the 9/24 draft welles had a lot of the cut out scenes trimmed down and as alternate scenes, but none are in the film today.
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