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

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by Beth Hanna
October 18, 2013 1:48 PM
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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.

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  • Stephen Lourdes | October 19, 2013 6:04 AMReply

    Not trusting Harvey is like not trusting Santa Claus.

    Generally speaking, apart from art house cinema, then the idea is an indie film going to market should not be cut so it's more commercially viable for a specific territory? If your film's not designed to make a profit for all, then why make it in the first place with financier's money? As in surely, any filmmaker wants their film to rock the house down with both audience and critics, sell well and be greatly successful. Otherwise, why take film financier's cash who should receive a return like any other business. We're not operating a laundry, right? A reported $30M is on the table so as a general rule of thumb it has to make $90M back at the box just to break even. A lot of seats needing to be filled for any indie film at this price.

    I hope Grace of Monaco rocks with both 'versions', if it comes to this, actually! Looking forward to seeing it. Perhaps there could be room for the HW cut and the director's cut at the same time if significantly different, after all, we're all about new ways of viewing these days.

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