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'Grace of Monaco' Director Fighting with Harvey Scissorhands Over Re-Edit: "They want a commercial film smelling of daisies"

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 18, 2013 at 1:48PM

Harvey Scissorhands is at it again. The latest tale of cuts, snips and re-edits comes from "Grace of Monaco" director Olivier Dahan, who isn't too happy about Weinstein's decision to re-cut the Grace Kelly biopic, starring Nicole Kidman. Dahan says that two versions of the film exist -- "his and mine."
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Nicole Kidman in 'Grace of Monaco'
Nicole Kidman in 'Grace of Monaco'

Harvey Scissorhands is at it again. The latest tale of cuts, snips and re-edits comes from "Grace of Monaco" director Olivier Dahan, who isn't too happy about Weinstein's decision to re-cut the Grace Kelly biopic, starring Nicole Kidman. Dahan says that two versions of the film exist -- "his and mine."

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

The film was recently taken out of the 2013 Oscar fray and moved to a more commercial-leaning spring 2014 release date. Dahan told French newspaper Liberation that "what's complicated at the moment is ensuring that you, the critics, can review my version of the film and not that of somebody else." Of his ongoing fight with Weinstein, Dahan says, "It's not over yet. I haven't given up."

Weinstein holds no embarrassment over his reputation for re-editing his acquisitions. He takes pride in it. He told a master-class in Zurich that "a lot of things weren't ready" about "Grace of Monaco," hence its exclusion from awards season, but that "the movie is going to be fantastic." Another recent example of this is Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster," the re-cut of which Weinstein was touting enthusiastically leading up to its American release in August. And US audiences will likely see a cut version of Bong Joon-ho's dystopian sci-fi thriller "Snowpiercer," too.

Dahan, for one, doesn't like Weinstein's tendency to soften films for stateside audiences: "It's got nothing to do with cinema... They want a commercial film smelling of daisies."

Karina Longworth's comprehensive piece on Harvey Scissorhands is here.

This article is related to: News, Grace of Monaco, Harvey Weinstein, Olivier Dahan, Olivier Dahan


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.