Cut, Chop, Re-release: Director’s Cuts

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Cinema may face a far less foreboding fate than, say, our country’s print journalism, but the medium still seems to be undergoing a transformation. In Slate Magazine’s “Death by a Thousand Director’s Cuts,” Jonathan Rosenbaum reflects on the state of cinema in an age where people seem unsatisfied by original editions of material. Blade Runner, for instance, has been released eight times, each with different edits and revisions. Though Orson Welles once claimed about his own style: editing is not an aspect, it is the aspect,” Rosenbaum seems to question whether the term “director’s cut” rightfully applies to many of edited versions of films, and whether creating more versions is necessarily better in the first place.


Maddie Oatman has interviewed musicians and writers for The Rumpus. She's the research editor at Mother Jones, where she also writes. A Boulder transplant, she can often be found on her bike, skis, or cooking with vegetables, and she wrote her English thesis on a gay red-winged monster and Billy the Kid. Follow her on Twitter or read occasional musings on her blog Oats. More from this author →