3 Different Versions of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY Will Be Released This Fall

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When director Ned Benson’s feature directorial debut The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, it marked a fascinating moviegoing experience in that two different cuts of the film were screened back to back.  The film stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy and tells the story of a married couple whose relationship disintegrates, and Benson had cut together two entirely separate films.  Him tells the story completely from McAvoy’s point of view, and Her tells the story from Chastain’s perspective.

I was very much looking forward to seeing both films when the pic got a theatrical release, but when The Weinstein Company dated the pic for release on September 26th, it was for a traditional two-hour cut.  Thankfully, word now comes that TWC plans on releasing not only the traditional cut but also two other different cuts when Eleanor Rigby hits theaters.  Hit the jump for more.

the-disappearance-of-eleanor-rigby-jessica-chastain-james-mcavoyThe Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is set to screen at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in a couple of weeks, and there Benson will be unveiling a version of the film that he calls Them.  As you might expect, it’s a more traditional, two-hour cut of the movie that interweaves both perspectives.  However, Deadline notes that The Weinstein Company will release all three versions (ie. Him, Her, and Them) “in some form” this fall.  Them will be the version that opens on September 26th, while Him and Her will play in limited release “in art house theaters” a month to six weeks later.

Benson had this to say about the new version of the film:

“Insane is probably the best way to describe all this. The idea of creating a third way to see this story, to have a two-hour relationship film or give the viewer the choice of seeing it in the three hour, two-part perspective is one of the most educational film experiences I’ve had in my life. And the outcome is mind-blowing, like hitting the lottery.”

The filmmaker maintains that he wasn’t forced by Weinstein to create a more audience-friendly cut of the film, but instead was spurred by curiosity after TIFF to see if an omnipotent version of Eleanor Rigby could function as its own film.  That cut, which was created earlier this year, is the one that will premiere at Cannes.




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  • The Flobbit

    This is a bad idea. Release Them in theatres, and then release Him, Her, and Them on a special Blu-ray set. Nobody has the time, money, or interest to see 3 films that are subtle variations on the same thing.

    • bretthickman

      amen

    • Mandy

      I do!

    • Vulcan

      The movie was written and made with the concept of Him and Her. That is the director’s vision, and I have been excited about the concept for a while, of the same story, from to perspectives. Them is just a water downed Weinstein re-cut.

      • The Flobbit

        Director’s vision has nothing to do with turning a profit. Directors can talk all they want about artistic integrity, but at the end of the day, they want and NEED to make money, and showing 3 arthouse films based off of the same event is a bad idea creatively and financially, for EVERYONE involved.

      • The Flobbit

        Director’s vision has nothing to do with turning a profit. Directors can talk all they want about artistic integrity, but at the end of the day, they want and NEED to make money, and showing 3 arthouse films based off of the same event is a bad idea creatively and financially, for EVERYONE involved.

  • Vulcan

    I was really intrigued by the Him and Her concepts, Them just sounds like Harvey Weinstein micro-managing again.

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  • TrekBeatTK

    I guess I’ll just wait for the inevitable Criterion Collection release that includes all three.

  • HeSaidSheSaidMv

    This is a stupid, stupid, stupid idea. An established blockbuster franchise would have trouble pulling this off. If they think they’re going to get a lot of people to go see all three parts for some drama nobody has ever heard of, they better check their head for giant bumps, because chance are they fell on it.

    • doc

      Because this isn’t an “established blockbuster franchise”is why it can be done. Do you think the director cares if it makes a lot money? Most indie projects don’t turn much of a profit if any anyway.

      • Nancy

        Uh, the director can create whatever the hell he wants to, but……

        What this discussion is debating is whether TWC should pony up the dough to release multiple cuts of a film in theaters simultaneously. A wide release requires marketing, and don’t forget that the distributor (TWC) HAS TO PAY to for every screen and copy of the film they send out.

        All in all, what it would take TWC to recoup their investment necessary to facilitate a wide release of multiple films that a very minor percentage of the movie-going public would even care about is astronomical. TWC is bound to lose major amounts of money on this unless it is somehow a breakout hit and/or awards contender.

        People tend to forget this, but it is called the MOVIE BUSINESS for a reason.

      • The Flobbit

        Secondly, the movie theatres would lose money. This film has had little to no publicity, and to save 3 movie rooms for a film this small would be a waste of money and resources.

      • The Flobbit

        Secondly, the movie theatres would lose money. This film has had little to no publicity, and to save 3 movie rooms for a film this small would be a waste of money and resources.

  • Stergios

    This is a terrific idea. Congratulations to the Weinstein Company for such an innovative decision. That’s really awesome! I will watch all the versions of “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” to have a really deep understanding of the unique love story that Ned Benson seems to have created.

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