Recommended Reading

"Queen Kelly: The Complete Screenplay by Erich Von Stroheim"

edited by Bret Wood (The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2002, 413 pages)

For those who are frustrated that this film was never completed, here is the complete screenplay with the original ending, the revised ending and an ending quickly filmed by Swanson in an effort to recoup her losses on the film. For those who wish to see the film in its most complete form, Kino International prepared a restoration of "Queen Kelly," supervised by Dennis Doros in 1985. This version retained virtually all the existing von Stroheim footage, including the surviving African scenes. Outtakes, bits of Swanson's ending, still photos, and titles were used to bridge the narrative gaps and approximate the original ending. With this screenplay, one can only imagine how von Stroheim would have interpreted it all for the screen if he had completed the task. An informative introduction gives the background on the genesis of the idea for the film and the ensuing troubles that brought filming to an end. Good for the diehard von Stroheim or Swanson fan. Many good photos.

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