Elvis’ four-hour version

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 22-06-2022 | 05:15 pm

Elvis’ four-hour version

Director Baz Luhrmann has said that he had to trim down and make essential cuts to his four-hour-long film Elvis so that it could be released in the theatres.According to the director, the 240-minute cut implemented in the film included scenes which showed the legendary singer, Elvis meeting with Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, reported Variety. Luhrmann admitted that the original film had a “four-hour version” where he intended to “lean into some of the other things”.“…I have a four-hour version. But you have to bring it down to 2 hours 30… I would have liked to lean into some of the other things… there’s lots of stuff that I shot like the relationship with the band, I had to pare down — and it’s so interesting how the Colonel gets rid of them,” said Luhrmann while speaking to Radio Times.The extensive cut made in the film, also depicted Elvis’ relationship with Dixie, his first girlfriend, reported Variety. Further, the trimmed cut also included how Elvis was “caught in a trap” once in his life.“Once he’s caught in a trap, and he’s discombobulated and doesn’t understand… someone who’s got such a hole in his heart like Elvis constantly looking and searching for love and finding it on stage but nowhere else,” The Great Gatsby director said.Luhrmann further explained that the trimmed portions contained Elvis doing “wackadoo things”. However, he realised that while making a film, he could not “have everything in”, reported Variety.

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