I just read the first draft screenplay (txt) for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. A very different beginning and ending. I like the final film version better. The 'love conquers all' version, you might say. What do you think?
Speaking of which, last semester I watched Terry Gilliam's Brazil back to back with the radically recut studio 'love conquers all' version, which I'd never seen. Freshman year in college I thought Brazil was the greatest movie evar. Of course it was butchery that the studio even considered trying to pull that stunt. Gilliam vs. Sid Sheinberg. Nevertheless, Gillliam's Criterion Collection 142 minute Brazil is too long and loose. It seriously needs to lose 25 minutes. And, 20 years on, the pessimistic ending feels just as tacked on as the happy ending. What do you think? Gilliam's material feels like the sort of thing you could cut-up and mash-up in some new way, like all those silly animations he did for Monty Python way back. (I'm not saying the studio shoulda done that to the man's film. I'm just saying.)