Saturday, May 3, 2014


Grace Kelly

Kidman as Kelly
   It is not unusual for the bombastic Harvey Weinstein to become involved in
disputes over movies his Weinstein Company is distributing, but this
time it involves the film about Grace Kelly that has the prestigious
opening slot at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14.

   The Oscar-hungry film mogul is at the centre of a transatlantic row over two
different versions of Grace of Monaco, the film about the actress's
glittery and turbulent life which stars Nicole Kidman.

 Kelly famously met Prince Rainier while on a trip to the Cannes Film
Festival in 1955 and married him the following year, leaving behind a
flourishing career in Hollywood, to start a new life and family on the

   French director Olivier Dahan and Weinstein are clashing
over the proper tone of the film. Dahan has fashioned a dark,
melodramatic account that highlights Kelly's hardships upon arriving
in the monarchy and shows her battling with a petulant Prince Rainier.

  Weinstein has worked out a new version with a team of editors which
tells the Kelly story as a Capra-esque romantic fairytale in which an
American actress travels to the principality and despite some
struggles, reinvents herself as the princess of Monaco.

   Along with many in the U.S. Weinstein apparently views the story of
Kelly, who had three children with Rainier over their 25-year
marriage, as a happy tale of a beautiful actress living out a
real-life fantasy.

  The French, however, view it more as a cautionary tale of a
privately suffering victim of royal family indifference.

   Weinstein is reportedly furious that it is the French version that
is being shown at Cannes, although the festival director Thierry
Fremaux said at a news conference that the festival is firmly behind
the movie. "Although there were heated discussions before the film was
finished the version to be shown on opening night will be the only
version the director intended to make," he said.

   In another setback the film has been branded "a farce" by the Monaco Royal family who issued a statement saying: 'The family does not in any way wish to be associated with this film, which reflects no reality and regrets that its history has been misappropriated for purely commercial purposes.' 

  The dispute is proving embarrassing for Nicole Kidman who will be part of a glitzy red carpet and party celebration in Cannes that
probably will not include her frequent professional collaborator
Harvey Weinstein, who is releasing two more Kidman movies this year

   It is Weinstein's version of Grace of Monaco that will be released
in the U.S although he withdrew it from its original March release
date and has not yet set a new date, much to the annoyance of the
French filmmakers who had hoped the U.S release would help seed a European release later in the spring.

  According to those familiar with both versions, the two cuts deviate only in about five minutes' worth of scenes but they are crucial moments and spell big differences in the overall tone and feel of the film.

  The controversy shines a light on the nature of film editing, in
which the same script can be turned into vastly different movies.

  "It is strange to have two fundamentally different movies based on one set of pages," Arash Amel, the film's screenwriter, told the Los
Angeles Times. "It almost feels like I've written a play and I'm
seeing two different stagings of the work.

   "Grace Kelly was a complicated figure and some will see her as a
princess story and others will see her as a more tragic tale."


1 comment:

  1. Ugh, so many fucking professional genii!!!!



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