Carlos the Jackal film is butchered for release
I was excited at the prospect of a film about the terrorist Carlos the Jackal, aka Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, and intrigued with Olivier Assayas co-writing and directing the story.
However the news came that it was going to be released as a three part mini-series because of the running time of five and a half hours. Excitement returned when there was word of a film release, but that was going to be cut down to one film release, something that meant a heavy cut, and something that has been confirmed with it's entry into Cannes.
We heard before that the film release was going to get cut, but I hadn't realised this heavily. Apparently the feature film version is some one hundred and fifty minutes, that means over half of the story is being cut out from the original version. I wonder then if it will be as insightful and engaging as it was first intended. Frankly I can't see how.
”Not long ago, the idea of making a film about Carlos would have scared French producers...But nowadays I sense that we're being encouraged to make films that have a contemporary dimension.”
You could be too unless you get to see the five and a half hour version on The Sundance Channel or Canal Plus where it's intended to be shown. I think I might await a potential Blu-ray release where I can watch the film in it's entirety, I'd much rather watch that than the half length feature version. Shame though, because then the film release might be deemed a failure if many people think like I do.
I'm surprised though, if the double bill for Mesrine, Mesrine: Killer Instinct (Filmstalker review) and Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (Filmstalker review), you would have thought that the French film industry would have taken a chance and allowed them to split the running time between two films.