Andrew Dominik talks about the murder of Jesse James Director’s Cut

during the movie The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford from the director Andrew Dominic Not a hit when it was released in 2007, the revisionist western has garnered a sizable following in the 15 years since its inception. In 2007, he appeared on many best-of-the-year lists and received two Oscar nominations (Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins and Best Supporting Actor for Casey Affleck) and with a remarkable cast that includes Brad Pitt, Sam Shepherd, Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, Mary Louise Parker, Paul Schneiderand Zooey Deschanelappreciation for Dominik’s film has grown steadily – and with good reason.


2022 will also be a big year for Dominik. Dominik has his Marilyn Monroe-inspired drama Blondmain role Ana de Armascoming to Netflix this year, as well as its documentary about Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, I know this much to be true, coming soon. In conversation with Dominik for the publication of I know this much to be truewhich Steve Weintraub from Collider talked about The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford (with a score by Cave and Ellis), on the film’s long-rumored four-hour cut, as well as how long Dominik’s longer cut was The assassination of Jesse James really was, and what Dominik’s longer cut of the film entailed.

Previously, Deakins had spoken to Collider about a longer cut The assassination of Jesse JamesSaying of the movie:

“It should be [on Criterion]. I’d really like to see the long version, the first cut I’ve seen released on Criterion. That’s what I was hoping for… It was over three hours. I don’t think that will ever happen because the last time I spoke to Andrew about this he was quite happy with the released version. But I still remember the first early cut I saw which was about three and a half I think and it was pretty stunning. There was a four-hour version. The first cut took about four hours I think I remember.”

Since that conversation, fans have wondered about the longer cut and how long it actually was. When asked if this longer cut existed and how fans might see it, Dominik replied:

“It exists. There used to be a video store around the corner from where I live in Los Feliz. And I figured I could just have the director’s cut at this one video store. You know what I mean? I could have a little DVD, for example, that I made that we could just rent from this one video store. But the video stores are gone now.”

Image from Warner Bros.

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Despite the lack of brick-and-mortar video stores, Dominik has attempted to release this longer version in other ways, a version that Deakins said he loved. Discussing other attempts to release this longer cut, Dominik said:

“Listen, we tried to get Warner Bros. to let us publish a longer version of this. They’re not interested, and I think someone tried to ask Criterion to do it. Criterion were not interested JesseJames. There is a better version of JesseJames– in my opinion – about 15 minutes longer. And that’s the one Roger was talking about. He’s never seen one longer.”

Dominik says of this longer version: “There was a three-hour version, right? 15 minutes longer than it is, three hours. There’s never been a four hour version that was good, believe me.” However, longer doesn’t always mean better, but Dominik admits it’s not just his three hours The assassination of Jesse James the better version, but also a different version that only includes five extra minutes. “I think it’s better. Yes, and there’s another version that’s five minutes longer than the release version, which I think is better, and there’s a version that’s 15 minutes longer, which I think is better .”

Image from Warner Bros.

So what didn’t make it in this longer version? According to Dominik, those extra fifteen minutes include a “great scene in the movie.” Dominik says:

“The problem with that was – the really good scene in the film was in the version that was 15 minutes longer. It was missing in the version that was only five minutes longer. While I think we used a shortened version of the scene in this version, I think there is the moment when the film was shot. That was the one that was 15 minutes longer. But from that moment there was another year of warfare.”

Will we see this one cut longer? The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford no one can imagine, but it certainly seems like Dominik’s preferred version is destined to find an audience at some point.

I know this much to be true will be released in theaters on May 11th for a global cinematic event Blond The release on Netflix is ​​planned for 2022. Also keep an eye out for our longer interview with Dominik, available soon.

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