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Episode No. 24: Saving The Wicker Man (1973)


Giving credit where it’s due, cinephiles must thank Liz Coffey, an archivist at the Harvard Film Archive, for saving the only known-to-exist 35mm print of the “middle version” of The Wicker Man. Its discovery—following an inquiry by a representative of Studio Canal, who later confirmed the print’s edit with director Robin Hardy—was one of the great finds at the HFA in 2013.  On this episode of the Diabolique Webcast, Liz tells the untold story about how the print arrived at the HFA (one possibly being via Roger Corman), how it was nearly thrown away, and how it was saved.

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Stephen Slaughter Head was co-editor of the Star Wars website, co-founder of the much-loved movie news website IGN FilmForce, and editor of the movie section at AOL’s As a film journalist he has more than 2,000 published articles at His work has also appeared on, and in Esquire magazine and the Boston Phoenix. Stephen hosts the Diabolique Webcast.

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