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Dying of the Light - Version Differences Surface

How Does Schrader's Cut Deviate From Studio Cut?

We've already reported about the post-production turmoil that Paul Schrader's thriller Dying of the Light starring Nicolas Cage had to go through. Now, filmcomment.com has a review up that mentions some notable differences between the theatrical version supervised by the financiers and Schrader's workprint.

According to the review, both versions tell the story of seasoned CIA agent Evan Lake (Cage) who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and goes on a last mission in order to capture a feared terrorist with whom he got a very personal matter to discuss. But there are differences in the narrative structure. While Schrader's cut informs the viewer about Lake's disease in the prologue, the theatrical version omits that. Also, his worsening health due to the sickness is illustrated by the usage of visual blurs and sound effects. Furthermore, the theatrical version uses snippets of a scene from the past where Lake is being tortured by the terrorist throughout the movie while Schrader uses that scene right at the beginning.

Since the director was removed from the process of finishing the movie rather early, his version only exists as a workprint and whether it will ever see the light of day on Blu-ray is an interesting question that may stay unanswered.

Release: Dec 18, 2014 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey

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