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I wanted to depict the complete [Samuel Taylor Coleridge] poem via [Gustave] Doré illustrations, yet infuse with dream-irrelevancies that would carry the film at least one step out of the realm of the merely filmic illustrations of a poem. I tried to infiltrate the world of Doré and Coleridge through the agency of Orson Welles' deep, rumbling voice. When I realized that color tint that shifted with the shot changes was not subtle enough for this film, it meant I was forced to optically print or re-make the entire film, frame by frame, on the optical printer, an ordeal which sent me off to recuperate for five months on a Greek island. - Lawrence Jordan

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