I was in one of the Elizabethtown screenings at the Toronto Film Festival, when a rep from Paramount Pictures announced prior to the film that it was still rough. Rumors swirled a good 20 minutes was left to be trimmed. But all of us in the audience couldn’t help but ask, “Why show this version to us?” And, it turns out, this “director’s cut” was overlong and meandering. The press that followed was not good.
So, now that Elizabethtown opens Friday, what version are audiences seeing? And how did director Cameron Crowe use his Toronto experience to fine-tune the feature? USA Today has a profile on the matter this week. An excerpt:
“Why didn’t he wait until he had a final cut? ‘I didn’t have the two-hour version for the festivals,’ Crowe says. ‘They liked and accepted the longer cut. It’s not like they invited me out of sympathy.’ It also is not the first time an unfinished print, including the well-received 8 Mile, played Toronto.”
Get the rest of the USA Today story here.