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In a famous mystery by the mysterious Cameron McCabe, The Face on the Cutting Room Floor, the plot revolves around a murder which arises from the excision of an actress from a movie. Such things are not unknown in reality; co-stars are not encouraged to outshine their superiors. The reasons for cutting lumps out of documentary films are different, as I have learned while making For God’s Sake for Channel Four. It was, however, instructive to discover what did and did not make the final cut.

Our subject was the divinity, or divinities, whom men and women have chosen to…

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