Mortica Posted May 9, 2006 Share Posted May 9, 2006 (edited) Am 22.06.2006 kommt der Director's Cut auf den Markt. Anscheinend ist diese Fassung um 47 Minuten (ich hab auch schon was von 50 Minuten gelesen) länger als die Kinoversion. Angeblich werden viele Lücken gefüllt. So soll z.B. etwas mehr auf Balians Vergangenheit, seine Beziehung zu Sybilla und die Motivation der einzelnen Charaktere eingegangen werden. Hier ein Auszug aus einer (begeisterten) Kritik zum Directors Cut: ... The differences begin with the first scene. In the theatrical cut, we get a quick reference to how they’re burying a suicide, and someone steals a cross. In the director’s cut, this scene establishes so much more information about the specific time the film is set in, about what happened leading up to the suicide, and about the priest and the gravedigger themselves. Much of the film is like this, scenes that are expanded to give them room to breathe. There are entire subplots that were cut, which we’ll discuss below, but it’s the texturing that I find fascinating. I’m not even sure how they could make some of these cuts, or how they justified them. It seems like such arbitrary decision-making. For example, did you realize that the priest at the beginning is actually the brother of Balian (Orlando Bloom)? Their relationship is much more complicated and unpleasant in this version, and we learn that Balian is in jail following his wife’s death, thanks to his brother’s claim that he is possessed by the devil. We also learn that Balian was an engineer before he became a blacksmith, that he built war machines when he was part of an army, and he’s released from prison because the local lord needs Balian’s help. So much more work is put into the establishment of Balian’s character that by the time we actually meet him in the film now, we have a sense of who he is. Another character that benefits greatly from this cut is Godfrey, played by Liam Neeson. There’s so much more of him in the first thirty minutes. For example, the lord that Balian works for? Turns out, he’s Neeson’s brother, and when Godfrey shows up in the village, he’s coming home. There’s an entire scene that takes place at the castle where it’s clear that his absence made it possible for his brother to take over, something that his brother doesn’t want to see change. Since Godfrey has no heir, if he dies, then his new lands also become the property of the brother, something that makes more sense of the battle scenes involving Neeson and his group of soldiers. When Neeson goes to talk to Balian the first time, he stops at the door to the smith’s shop, looking out at a particular spot. He flashes back to when he was younger, to when he was with Balian’s mother, and that one moment says all we need to know about the particular paradise that Godfrey seeks and that he knows he’ll never find again. It explains so much about why he would want to come and make amends and reach out to Balian. He’s looking for absolution, and he figures he can find it this way, and the film shows us instead of just telling us. ... Die Kritik ist definitiv zum umfangreich um sie hier komplett zu posten. Wer Interesse hat findet sie hier. Edited May 9, 2006 by Mortica Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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