Director Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is an unbelievable western that could be a must-watch for any cinephile. I’m a giant fan of that film, and whereas it wasn’t a giant hit when it was first launched in 2007, over time folks have found the movie they usually acknowledge its excellence.
That is only a superbly made film and it has an unbelievable solid that features Brad Pitt, Sam Shephard, Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, Mary-Louise Parker, Paul Schneider, and Zooey Deschanel.
Nicely, it seems that there’s really an extended reduce of the movie that the director says is even higher than the theatrical reduce of the film! In a earlier interview, cinematographer Roger Deakins mentioned this longer reduce of the movie, saying:
“It must be [on Criterion]. I would love to see the lengthy model, the primary reduce that I noticed, launched on Criterion. That’s what I’d hope for… It was over three hours. I don’t assume it ever will, as a result of final time I talked to Andrew about it he was fairly pleased with the model that obtained launched. However I nonetheless keep in mind that first early reduce that I noticed that was like three and 1 / 4 I believe, and it was fairly beautiful. There was a four-hour model. The primary reduce was like 4 hours, I appear to recollect.”
Now in a latest interview with Collider, the director of the film was requested about this longer reduce, confirming that it does exist. The issue is, followers will in all probability by no means get the chance to see it. He stated:
“It does exist. There was once a video retailer across the nook from me the place I used to be residing in Los Feliz. And I believed I might simply have the director’s reduce on this one video retailer. You realize what I imply? Like, I might simply have just a little DVD that I’ve made that we might simply hire from this one video retailer. However the video shops are gone now.”
Dominik goes on to clarify that he really has tried to launch this director’s reduce of the movie in different methods, and when speaking about these makes an attempt, he stated:
“Hear, we tried to get Warner Bros. to permit us to launch an extended model of it. They’re not eager about doing it, and I believe someone tried to petition Criterion to do it. Criterion weren't eager about Jesse James. There's a higher model of Jesse James—for my part—that’s about quarter-hour longer. And that’s the one which Roger was speaking about. He’s by no means seen one which’s longer than that.”
He went on to agree together with his cinematographer, and says, “I believe it’s higher. Yeah, and there’s one other model that’s 5 minutes longer than the discharge model that I believe is best, and there’s a model that's quarter-hour longer that I believe is best.” He went on to tease a “actually good scene” that didn’t make the reduce of the movie, saying:
“The issue with it was—the actually good scene within the movie, it sat within the model that was quarter-hour longer. It didn’t sit within the model that was solely 5 minutes longer. Though, I believe in that model, we used a truncated model of the scene, however there’s the second the place the movie was achieved, for my part. That was the one which was quarter-hour longer. However there’s one other yr of warfare that occurred from that second on.”
It’s a disgrace that we’ll almost definitely by no means get to see this longer model of The Assassination of Jesse James. I'd like to see this most popular model of the movie! The director ought to simply leak it on-line.