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The many flavors of von Trier

11-12-13AndrewCommentaryBannerShortLight news today, but the one interesting piece caught my attention.

I've gone on at length about Lars von Trier's latest Nymphomaniac, and after seeing this very NSFW clip released a few weeks back, my interest in the film remains high.  Now the curious news comes from producers of the film, who have wrangled control of the final cut from a reportedly upset, but non-contesting, von Trier.  In what may be the most understandable cut of 2014, the producers will be snipping the film from its whopping 5 1/2 hour initial cut to something they feel will be a bit more commercially viable.

This is fascinating because von Trier films don't usually receive this kind of snipping.  From Breaking the Waves to Melancholia, his period of international intrigue and relative success has granted in a degree of anonymity when it comes to escaping the cautious gaze of his founders.  But edits like this aren't necessarily bad - the theatrical edit of Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From A Marriage is claustrophobic and intense in a way that the anxieties of the television version gestate slowly over each installment.  Given that there was some talk of turning Nymphomaniac into a television show, this may not be a bad way to release the product.

Tomorrow, I'll be reviewing Dreamworks' latest Turbo.

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