Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tarantino Confirms 'Inglourious Basterds' Final Runtime

About few weeks ago, it was reported that Quentin Tarantino was going to be re-editing his WWII film "Inglourious Basterds," even adding some scenes and thus adding a lot more to the almost two-and-a-half hour Cannes version runtime.

After that news, a rumor surfaced that the Weinsteins were pressuring him to cut a shocking 40 minutes from the reported, “contractually obligated,” 2 hour 48 minute length. However, just over two weeks later, Harvey Weinstein came out and called the 40 minute cut report a load of rubbish. He also said that Tarantino was just re-organizing some scenes, and even said he was begging Tarantino to include a lot of the stuff (instead of the other way around).

Now we get word from Tarantino himself that the final runtime of "Inglourious Basterds" is a full ONE MINUTE longer than the Cannes cut.

In an interview with Variety’s BFDealMemo, Tarantino spoke about the whole runtime business, separating fact from fiction, as well as what he’s added to/changed about the film. Here’s some of what he had to say [Warning: moderate SPOILER warning]:

“I’ve heard these rumors that the studios told me to cut out 40 minutes. These are complete lies. The movie is actually a minute longer, in running time, than it was in Cannes. It was 2:28, without end credits, and now it’s 2:29, or 2:32 with end credits.”

“I added a sequence between where Mike Myers and Michael Fassbender discuss Operation Kino [the plot to blow up a theater as Joseph Goebbels and other Nazi brass watch a film], and the shootout scene in the basement tavern La Louisiane. In Cannes, we went from one to the other. I’d shot another scene, right before that, where Fassbender meets The Basterds, before they go to La Louisiane. That’s back.”

“It might sound weird that I added a minute, but you can add little things and actually quicken the pace, and we were very aware of keeping the pace up. To add the one scene, I reduced a couple scenes by a line here, a line there.”

Hopefully anything else cut from the film will wind up on the DVD and Blu-ray.
"Inglourious Basterds" hits theaters August 21.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Source: Screen Rant

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