Martin Scorsese Explains Why He’s Against Releasing “Director’s Cuts” of His Movies
- January 27, 2020
- William Lewis
Martin Scorsese has the freedom to release films longer than average these days. Wolf of Wall Street is three hours, two hours and 41 minutes of silence, and his new movie ‘The Irish Man’ is three hours 29 minutes. But if you’re looking for Scorsi’s movie deductions that are even longer, you’re out of luck. Scorsese has no interest in releasing longer versions of his films, and he says the term “director’s cut” is often misunderstood or misused by EW:
“The Director’s Cut is a movie that has been released – unless it is directed by financiers and studios.” “[The director] made his decisions based on the process he was undergoing. There can be money issues, there can be someone who dies [making a picture], turns a studio head, and the next person hates it. Sometimes [a director says], ‘I wish I could go back and put it all together.’ That’s all … but I think once you die, you have to go with it, ‘This is the movie I made in these situations. ‘
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And I think this is a fair diagnosis. Filmmaking involves mutual support and compromise, and while there are always things left on the working room floor, “director’s cut” should not be exactly, “everything I wanted to include. It’s all about consciousness. ”
Scorsese provided an example of this when you fight for director issues because you are gaining an audience in comparison to the version published by the studio.
“That’s an interesting thing,” he continued. “In the past, we loved watching an expanded version of several films where scenes were being watched,” he said. Now [those scenes] were cut off by the director, somehow. There is a big difference. [Occasionally] invest in [the popularity of a movie] and exploit it, they say, ‘This is the director’s cut.’ You should take a look at Sam Pecanpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. I saw the full version a few days before it opened at a meeting and it was two hours 20 minutes or more. Then MGM released its version and it was 90 minutes. We all said, “Oh no, this was a masterpiece,” and I wish he could be saved. The editor saved a copy and what you see now is exactly what we saw in this meeting. This is a director’s kit. And if the editor said that there are still 20 minutes more for those who want to keep Pecanpah there, I’d love to see those 20 minutes. So I understand the viewer’s view that I want to have 20 minutes more fun in this world. ”
I think audiences can equate quality with quantity and that you need more of a good thing, but it’s just content rather than film appreciation. Some may argue that the original director’s deduction was done without disrupting the director’s point of view, but as Scorsi says, it never exists because even when you go through the editing phase There are many obstacles first. Just throwing in more content can be an interesting experience, but labelling it as “director’s cut” is a marketing tactic rather than a true understanding of filmmaking.