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One of the greatest Movies ever APOCALYPSE NOW rough cut was 6 hours long
Skip to 1993. APOCALYPSE has been out for fourteen years. Savant is asked if he wants to see a six-hour rough cut on vhs. You bet.
The rough cut cassette I saw was a bad dupe several generations from its master. In some scenes one was hard put to distinguish the actors from the foliage. Trying, for instance, to find scenes where Harvey Keitel could still be seen instead of his replacement Martin Sheen was pretty hopeless. It also frequently became boring. Entire sequences that were obvious candidates for the cutting-room floor played intact,long,like, interminable.
The six hours were described by another editor as a rough a.ssembly of everything the editors had to work with (save the finale), a shapeless accumulation of scenes put together in hopes of figuring out how to proceed: what to drop, what to keep. I don't know if it was the rough cut my friend Mark Stern had seen, but it could have been.
Hopefully the editor can do Dark Knight Rises justice and still keep it in around the 2:30-3:00 mark. But if the film ends up to be 4 hours, I want an intermission 2 hours in. (piss, drink, and smoke break)