Mara, a short film by Mike Figgis, is a dramatisation of Mara-Marignan from Henry Miller's Quiet Days in Clichy.
The 30 film was originally shot and broadcast as part of HBO's anthology film Women & Men 2. From the time of production, Figgis distanced himself from the film complaining that although he had been guaranteed final cut, the producers and HBO had recut the film prior to broadcast and removed the score he had specifically composed for his film.
In 2015, Figgis released a new version of Mara, calling it his version of what the film "might have been".
Figgis preceded his film with the following statement:
"Mara was an HBO project I shot in Paris early in 1991. I was drawn to the idea of Henry Miller and Paris, but was wary of film in general, having had a rough ride within the studio system.
I was assured by producers David Brown and Colin Callender (HBO) that this was entirely a director's medium and that I would be protected."
"Sadly this turned out to be untrue. I screened the film for the producers and they approved it.
I handed over the elements for grading etc., and assumed we were done."
"A week or so later I got a call from David Brown. He informed me that the film had been re-edited and my music score replaced. I was deeply upset. It seemed like such a low trick and there was nothing I could do about it. When it came out on TV, I watched the first 10 minutes and then switched off. This was not the film I'd set out to make."
"Time went by and a few years ago, when I was clearing out tapes from my studio, I came across the rushes for Mara. They were in reasonable condition (U-matic tape) and it occurred
to me that I could somehow restore the film. So, this is my vision of what the film might
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