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Erich von Stroheim reduced his initial 42-reel film to 24 reels and then refused to further touch the film, asking his friend, Rex Ingram, to work on it. Ingram further cut the film to 18 reels. June Mathis then cut the film to 10 reels and added new titles. Joseph Farnham received screen credit as film editor. In 1999, the film was reissued in a 250-minute length with added footage obtained from stills of the film.