January 10 – 16, 2001

Saved From the Cutting Room Floor: The Cinematheque's 1st Director's Cut Series



Series Compiled by Dennis Bartok, Chris D. and Gwen Deglise.


Special Thanks to: Michael Schlesinger/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY; Rick Griffith, Marc Bovee & Chip Blake/20TH CENTURY FOX; Ed Zeier/UNIVERSAL PICTURES; Camilla Cormanni/CINECITTA INTERNATIONAL; Guido Fink/ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE; Giovanna Zamboni-Paulis/ITALIAN HERITAGE CULTURE FOUNDATION; John Kirk/MGM-UA; Scott MacQueen & Mike Chitwood/WALT DISNEY PICTURES; Peter Langs; Wim Wenders; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS. CLASSICS; Jean-Jacques Beineix; James Quandt/CINEMATHEQUE ONTARIO; Philippe Rostain & Philippe de la Chaisemartin/GAUMONT.

Tickets available 30 days in advance.


SCHEDULE (by series)

SCHEDULE (by date)






From classics like THE BIG SLEEP and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, to controversial, often-disputed films like BRAZIL, BLADE RUNNER, HEAVEN’S GATE and STRAW DOGS, there has rarely been a final word in Hollywood filmmaking. Movies exist in different versions because of censorship issues, disputes over running time and story clarity, personality conflicts between director and producer, and more – film is an amazingly fluid medium, and between first cut and release date, a movie can lose (or gain) dialogue, voice-over, music tracks, major and minor characters, and even entire subplots. The term "Director’s Cut" can mean longer and (arguably) better, but it can also mean a version of the film that is fundamentally different than the one we know (as with Wim Wenders’ nearly 5-hour version of UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD).

This is the first in an ongoing series of "Director’s Cut" programs, and features ultra-rare prints of films by master directors Ridley Scott, Terry Gilliam, Wim Wenders, Sam Peckinpah and more – including the long-awaited U.S. Premieres of the complete versions of LEGEND, BETTY BLUE and LEON (THE PROFESSIONAL) - !

Wednesday, January 10 – 7:30 PM

U.S. Premiere – Full Length European Version!!

BURN! (aka QUEIMADA), 1969, MGM/UA, 132 min. Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo.Cut by nearly 20 minutes before its U.S. release, this controversial real life saga of 19th century British colonials instigating a slave revolt for their own imperialist agenda, is a trenchant allegory of U.S. interference in the Caribbean, and features one of Marlon Brando's most mesmerizing performances as the bigger-than-life Sir William Walker. Print courtesy of Cinecitta International.


Thursday, January 11 – 7:30 PM

Restored European "X" Version! Brand-New Print Off Original Negative!!

STRAW DOGS, 1971, ABC (Disney), 118 min. Dir. Sam Peckinpah. Enormously controversial upon its initial release, this tale of an intellectual pacifist (Dustin Hoffman) pushed to the limit by a sadistic, hard-drinking family of hooligans was cut by several minutes in the U.S., including graphic footage of spouse Susan George's rape and the bone-jarring, blood-drenched climax, which softened the ferocious impact of Peckinpah’s allegory of supposedly-civilized humans reverting to their most primitive state.

NOTE: The film THE MAN WHO BOUGHT MUSTIQUE will not be screening on Thursday, January 11 at 7:30 PM. (There will be no Alternative Screen event that night.)


Friday, January 12 – 7:00 PM

U.S. Premiere – Uncensored International Version!!

LEON (aka THE PROFESSIONAL), 1994, Columbia, 145 min. Director Luc Besson's stylish, ultra-kinetic tale of the romance between introverted hitman Jean Reno and teenage waif Nathalie Portman had 26 minutes of footage deleted for the U.S. release. This is the complete international version, which restores key scenes detailing the growing love affair between Leon and his young protege. Note: because of the extraordinary cost of bringing in the print of LEON for this screening, there will be a special ticket price of $10.00 General, $7.00 Members.


Friday, January 12 – 9:45 PM

Full-Length British Version!

BRAZIL, 1985, Universal, 142 min. With Jonathan Pryce, Kim Geist. Director Terry Gilliam’s surreal black comedy combines past and future with anarchic glee, creating a world of pneumatic tubes, giant samurais and lilting South American ballads. Featuring fellow-Python, Michael Palin as upwardly mobile Jack Lint, and Robert DeNiro as an outlaw heating engineer. This is the European cut of the film, 10 minutes longer than the U.S. version. "It’s really about someone who doesn’t take reality seriously enough". – Gilliam.

Historic Tours of the Egyptian Theatre

Saturday, January 13 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Sunday, January 14 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Join us for an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour of the historic, 1922 Egyptian Theatre. Find out how the Egyptian brought the stars to Hollywood. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers’ boxes. Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! For the total "Old Hollywood" experience, combine a tour and a screening of FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (11:00 AM on both days). Tour tickets: $7 Adults; $5 under 12 years/over 65. Cinematheque Members $10; Tour & Film Combo $10.


Saturday, January 13 – 5:00 PM

LEGEND, 1985, Universal/20th Century Fox, 93 min. BLADE RUNNER may be Ridley Scott’s most famous Director’s Cut – but it’s LEGEND that was most seriously altered, losing nearly half an hour of footage and the entire Jerry Goldsmith score for its U.S. release! Tom Cruise stars as the mischievous, pure-of-heart boy bent on rescuing ethereal heartthrob Mia Sara from the sensual snares of demon Tim Curry's haunted underworld domain. Our enormous thanks to 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures for allowing us to screen the Standard European Version of Scott’s gorgeous, intoxicating fairytale. This is not the 125 min. version but it is the version released in Europe (with original Jerry Goldsmith score) which differs from the US release. It is not the U.S. Premiere of the Full-Length Director’s Cut as was previously announced on our printed flyer.


Saturday, January 13 – 8:15 PM

Director’s Cut Double-Header – Losey & Ford:

THE DAMNED, 1962, Columbia, 96 min. Released cut by nearly 10 minutes in the U.S. and retitled THESE ARE THE DAMNED, this is the restored version of director Joseph Losey’s stunning parable of the atomic age. Wandering American Macdonald Carey and British teddy girl Shirley Anne Field flee from a gang of delinquents led by her brother Oliver Reed, and inadvertently stumble upon a nightmare government project to breed children who can survive a nuclear holocaust! With Alexander Knox, Viveca Lindfors.

GIDEON’S DAY (aka GIDEON OF SCOTLAND YARD), 1958, Columbia, 118 min. Even a master like John Ford wasn’t immune to having his work significantly altered: GIDEON’S DAY was not only cut by 20 minutes and re-titled, it was also released here in black and white, instead of the original color version Ford intended! A realistic police procedural chronicling the adventures of an intrepid Scotland Yard inspector (Jack Hawkins), GIDEON’S DAY is one of Ford’s least known and most underrated pictures – seen here in its original British version, with color intact.


Sunday, January 14 – 5:00 PM

Director Wim Wenders In Person!!

The Trilogy of UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD, 1991, Warner Bros./Road Movies, 280 min. Literally cut in half for its U.S. release, this version restores over two hours of footage to director Wim Wenders’ dreamlike, disorienting collision of romance and technology, the ancient and the modern. UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD follows a classic Wenders wanderer (William Hurt) on an epic journey, searching for the ephemeral images that will restore his mother’s sight, while the world around him teeters on the brink of the apocalypse. With Solveig Dommartin, Max von Sydow, Sam Neill and Jeanne Moreau. Wim Wenders will appear, schedule permitting. William Hurt may attend as well.


Tuesday, January 16 – 7:30 PM

U.S. Premiere – Ultra-Rare 3-Hour Version!!

BETTY BLUE (aka 37.2 LE MATIN), 1986, Gaumont, 192 min. Dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix.

Would-be writer Jean-Hugues Anglade and mentally disturbed waitress Beatrice Dalle trip the light fantastic on a heartbreakingly romantic and graphically sexual odyssey across France, culminating in a psychotic break that stuns the viewer in this rarely-seen, uncut version of the cult favorite.