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

Nov. 12, 2013by:

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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8:29PM on 11/12/2013
Eh makes sense. You can't exactly release a 5 hour movie in theaters and expect anyone to watch it. That's kind of crazy. Hopefully, we get to see the director's cut when it's put on video, but for theaters you need to work with theatrical time limits
Eh makes sense. You can't exactly release a 5 hour movie in theaters and expect anyone to watch it. That's kind of crazy. Hopefully, we get to see the director's cut when it's put on video, but for theaters you need to work with theatrical time limits
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7:43PM on 11/12/2013

Lars scares me

After watching a clip a while back I'm pretty sure there is a scene were a women seduces a bunch of little boys in her house. Creepy.
After watching a clip a while back I'm pretty sure there is a scene were a women seduces a bunch of little boys in her house. Creepy.
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4:08PM on 11/12/2013
That picture of Willem Dafoe makes me want to hurl.
That picture of Willem Dafoe makes me want to hurl.
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2:23PM on 11/12/2013

"a pig in a poke"

That could've been the tagline on some of those posters...
That could've been the tagline on some of those posters...
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1:39PM on 11/12/2013

Bleh

Pumped for this film, but totally not watching it until it is available to me the way it is MEANT TO BE SEEN.
Pumped for this film, but totally not watching it until it is available to me the way it is MEANT TO BE SEEN.
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1:27PM on 11/12/2013
Ugh, might just wait for the blu-ray in that case.
Ugh, might just wait for the blu-ray in that case.
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1:22PM on 11/12/2013
I don't think anyone is surprised by this. For the amount of money this cost the film needed to be cut down to make it marketable. It is as simple as a basic number game. With this said, I do hope the five hour version is eventually released. This five hour version and Scorsese's NC-17 over 3 hour cut of Wolf are certainly at the top of my list to see.
I don't think anyone is surprised by this. For the amount of money this cost the film needed to be cut down to make it marketable. It is as simple as a basic number game. With this said, I do hope the five hour version is eventually released. This five hour version and Scorsese's NC-17 over 3 hour cut of Wolf are certainly at the top of my list to see.
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