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Lars Von Trier's over five hour version of Nymphomaniac will no longer be happening

11.12.2013

After months of build up to the bold idea of Lars Von Trier's hardcore version of NYMPHOMANIAC being released alongside an edited/softcore version, the director has succumbed to cinematic blue balls. The hardcore version will not see release as Von Trier's producers have taken the final edit from the filmmaker, a first for his career. The Hollywood Reporter says that the reason for the change in who makes the final edit is not content related but rather due to the length of the film.

Per the article, Lars Von Trier's cut of the film came in at five and a half hours and the producers need to cut it to four hours so that it can then be released as two films. The previous plan for a hardcore/softcore pair of versions will be replaced instead by the two films which can be blurred/censored depending on where they are released.

Lars Von Trier's producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen was quoted as saying the following:

“The short version is against Lars’ own will, but he accepts it because he understands market mechanisms. You cannot make a film for more than 60 million kroners (about $11 million) that is so lengthy. Five and a half hour is so extreme that it reduces market value so radically that investors would have felt they had bought a pig in a poke."

While the edit will be for theatrical purposes, this does not mean the additional 90 minutes of footage will never see the light of day. Knowing Lars Von Trier's track record as a filmmaker, I would bank that we may see the Blu-ray featuring the whole shebang. The question now is whether or not the U.S. release from Magnolia will be censored or edited beyond the four hour release that the producers are preparing.

NYMPHOMANIAC stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Connie Nielsen. There is currently no release date in the U.S. but it will hit Danish screens in December.

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