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'Nymphomaniac' Gets 4-Hour Theatrical Cut For Danish Release That Lars Von Trier Hasn't Seen

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 11, 2013 9:03 AM
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Nymphomaniac Charlotte Gainsbourg

So, how do you market a reportedly 5 hour long sexytimes epic drama? Well, so far the people behind Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" have done a tremendous job of building buzz for the movie online with a series of provocative teasers, but rolling things out to theaters presents a different challenge. For the Danish release, the powers that be have decided to cut the movie by an hour to make things a bit more commercially viable.

Filmmagasinet Ekko reveals that when it hits theaters in Denmark and Norway next month, "Nymphomaniac" will be presented in an edited, 4 hour version that will split into two parts. The kicker is that Lars Von Trier has not taken part in assembling this version and has apparently not even seen it. That being said, he is signing off on the release as he understands it's being done to help the commercial considerations of the movie. And Zentropa director Peter Aalbaek Jensen notes that the movie is being done to help investors make back the $10 million U.S. budget of the movie, which will already be a difficult task give the subject matter and runtime.

So, where will Lars Von Trier's preferred, 5 hour cut be seen? Well, all signs are still pointing to the Cannes Film Festival next spring where the longer and reportedly more explicit version will be unveiled. And at this point, it's unclear which version Magnolia will eventually be releasing stateside but it seems there is no shortage of controversy around Lars Von Trier's next movie. Does size matter? Guess we'll find out soon. [thanks to Montages for the heads up!]

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  • Mike | December 7, 2013 2:16 PMReply

    I have not seen the movie yet so to howl racism is too early. But it is striking how I have never seen any people other than white depicted in any of von Trier's movies before. Apparently unbridled sex concerns black people. The apocalyps does not.

  • Chris | November 11, 2013 1:09 PMReply

    Anything with DMX and Lars Verne Troyer im there.

  • paddiewhack | November 11, 2013 12:56 PMReply

    Many people will watch, whether they will enjoy it is another matter. Von Trier is such a charlatan. His films play like jokes on the audiences. Most who claim to appreciate him sadly seem unaware of this. And my god, that pic of Charlotte Gainsbourg surrounded by black men is SUCH a turnoff. She's so unsexy. What a perverse man.

  • Paddiewhack | November 11, 2013 6:17 PM

    What's racist is von Trier acting out his giant penis fixation with a threeway involving two black men (is that not pc to point out? but we're talking about Lars von Trier here, Political incorrectness is tres chic!). No, I was referring to the actress as being unsexy. I guess I just don't find emaciated and unhealthy to represent sexy.

  • regnarok | November 11, 2013 5:19 PM

    Sound pretty racist to me. :/ Didnt know women being around black was so00000 unsexy

  • Varun | November 11, 2013 12:56 PMReply

    It's so easy to fool pseudo-intellectuals as they gobble up any junk in the name of art.

  • fitzcarraldont | November 11, 2013 10:36 AMReply

    I will. Lars can count on my $14.

  • Dan | November 11, 2013 9:51 AMReply

    I am not watching a 5 hour Lars Von Trier film about sex, I will not do it.

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