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Welcome to New York Probably Cut for R-Rating

Abel Ferrara is Furious Over Studio Decision

Director Abel Ferrara has made some films that are still well-remembered by viewers, such as Bad Lieutenant or Body Snatchers. For his newest work Welcome to New York, which stars Gerard Depardieu and tells the story of the fall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, he rather talks for his product instead of letting it speak for itself. But he does so with good reason because he feels badly treated by the studio that picked up the rights to his movie.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ferrara was very verbal about his dismay and criticizes that his film had to be cut in order to be suitable for an "R" rating. And reviews talking about plenty of nudity and sex scenes gave an insight that the original version of the movie didn't quite fit into that scheme. And since times are always tough for NC-17 films in cinemas, it's a business decision that Ferrara perceives as a limitation of his artistic freedom (although he himself did have a fortunate exception with Bad Lieutenant back in the day):

"I've f—ing had it with this corporate assault on the artists and the freedom of the artist, period. It's like a war against movies. [...] Because 90 percent of the marketplace is owned by five guys masquerading as corporations. They're vultures and they're vampires, and they're trying to suck the blood out of the life of the filmmaking community."

In the meantime, the latest MPAA bulletin is listing an "R" rating (for strong sexuality, graphic nudity, a rape and language) for the movie, which means that Ferrara seems to have lost the battle against the studio. We'll have to wait and see whether the initial, uncensored version will have a chance to be released on Blu-ray later on.

Release: Sep 26, 2014 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: THR

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