Major Dundee Film Notes - Temporal Design

Major Dundee Film Notes - Temporal Design - Major Dundee...

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Major Dundee (1965/2005) Temporal Design Credits: Directed by Sam Peckinpah. Written by Harry Julian Fink, Oscar Saul, & Sam Peckinpah. Story by Harry Julian Fink. Produced by Jerry Bresler. Cinematography by Sam Leavitt. Edited by William A. Lyon, Donald W. Starling, & Howard Kunin. Art Direction by Al Ybarra. Costume Design by Tom Dawson. Original Score by Daniele Amfitheatrof. 2005 Score by Christopher Caliendo. Production Companies: Jerry Bresler Productions & Columbia Pictures. US Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Filmed in Panavision, Color by Pathé. Running Time: 136 mins. (2005 restored version) [Orig. 123 mins.] Cast: Charlton Heston (Major Amos Dundee), Richard Harris (Capt. Benjamin Tyreen), Jim Hutton (Lt. Graham), James Coburn (Samuel Potts), Michael Anderson Jr. (Tim Ryan), Senta Berger (Teresa Santiago), Mario Adorf (Sgt. Gomez), Brock Peters (Aesop), Warren Oates (O.W. Hadley), Ben Johnson (Sgt. Chillum), R.G. Armstrong (Rev. Dahlstrom), L.Q. Jones (Arthur Hadley), Slim Pickens (Wiley), Begonia Palacios (Linda). “We are a command divided against itself, and I fear nothing will ever heal this breach.” –Trooper Tim Ryan In the lecture devoted to Literary Design several weeks ago, we determined that the film that audiences see in theaters, the “finished” film, is only one version of a text that has evolved through any number of scripts, drafts, and revisions. This approach proves useful for an understanding of the elusive character of authorship in the filmmaking process, particularly in the steps leading up to production. However, in the age of DVD releases that contain multiple versions of single films (director’s cuts, unrated versions, etc.) as well as deleted scenes and other miscellaneous “extras” from various stages of production and post-production, the “final version” of a film is hardly a simple concept in itself. While all of the potential pieces of a film may be (relatively) complete following the shooting stage, the ordering and building of scenes and sequences can drastically affect the tone and meaning of a film. The realization of a script tends to be cast as a battle between writer and director, but the battle for final cut (the power to approve the version of a film that will be printed and released into theaters) is generally conceived as a battle between the director and the studio. The director of our film today, Sam Peckinpah, contributed as much as any mainstream American filmmaker in the 1960s to the newly developing notion that the filmmaker is an artist, and he did so largely by casting himself as an individual creative force struggling to convey his vision in the face of bean-counting studio meddlers. Regardless of how accurate the two poles of this equation are, Peckinpah’s films, starting with Major Dundee , often evince the unstable quality of conflicting voices, and their colorful production histories open up alternate threads of hypothetical possibilities for what the films could have been. Although the temporal design of a film is usually the aspect of a film’s
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