Originally Posted by dhbailey
What do you mean the "movie doesn't survive intact?" I've seen it in a theater and it's for sale all over the place. what's not intact about it?
What you see today is a patch-up of many distribution copies of the film. Think of them as you would Plato's shadow world. The original master print was lost many years ago. When single frames are missing they will often print a new frame to go between the surviving ones that carries the images of both the before and after frame. Some modern restoration methods have been employed on some films to recreate the missing frames.
Yes, it is a great film as it survives today. What we don't know is how many scenes are completely missing as many distributors of that period would re-edit a film and remove parts they did not like or that they thought might offend local, regional, or national authorities.