Compared are the Original Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut (both avaiable on the US / Canadian DVD by Sony)
- 3 extended scenes
- Length difference: 165.3 sec (= 2:45 min)
With Nickelodeon (1976) Peter Bogdanovich came up with a lovely homage to Hollywood in its early days: In 1910, independant filmmakers were at war with the studios who made it harder for them to get behind the camera. Ryan O'Neal plays some goofy attorney who gets involved in one these movie productions. With Burt Reynolds by his side, the story evolves and there are numerous references to the most famous silent movies from back in the day. Originally, Bogdanovich had Jeff Bridges and Orson Welles in mind, amongst others, but the studio had other plans - and not just for the cast. For instance, further drama elements were also supposed to be in the movie but shallow comedy like in manner of What's Up, Doc? is what was expected of him. But then again, Bogdanovich himself made some changes in the screenplay himself at the last minute. According to O'Neal, the screenplay - and as a conequence thereof the actual movie - did not benefit from these last minute changes. The movie flopped and according to the director, poor marketing was one of the reasons for that.
Undoubtfully, Nickelodeon is indeed shallow comedy. There are 3 versions of the movie though. The US DVD, released in 2009 and out of print, contains the US Theatrical Version and additionally a Director's Cut in black and white. Given the topic of the movie, a nice idea actually and Bogdanovich also ceased the opportunity to add some footage. Even though an entirely difference expierence should not be expected, the Director's Cut is worth being watched. And thanks to the identically equal Canadian DVD, it is not that hard resp. expensive to get that release.
It should be pointed out that the movie makes sense in black and white, particularly because of the rather pale colors in the regular Theatrical Version. As for the three additional scenes, the first one is the most intersting one because it shows what is only insinuated by some mysterious looks and the little flirt during the first encounter: Leo and Marty are having an affair and her boyfriend Frank does not give the back of a rat. The second additional scene is the one pie scene at the christmas party. But neither that nor the additional footage from The Birth of a Nation increase the result.
Time index refers to
Original Theatrical Version (in NTSC) / Director's Cut (in NTSC)
Insignificantly longer black screen at the beginning of the Director's Cut.
Not considered as length difference.
72:39 / 72:40-73:11
After Buck and Kathleen leave, the music does not start playing in the Director's Cut at this point. Instead, there is an additional scene at the house. Having a bottle in his hand, Leo walks up to Marty's room - she is removing the make-up. Leo puts his arms around her, then he kisses her. At the same time, Frank and Alice are in the hallway and Frank picks up on what is going on, decides not go care though and goes straight into the other direction. When the picture shrinks, the music starts playing in the Director's Cut.
85:27 / 85:59-86:50
Before they get down the stairs in order to celebrate Alice's nagotiated contract, there is more chaos at the event: Cobb's people and the Atlantic Pictures guys are tossing cake at each other.
112:57 / 114:20-115:43
Another movie role of The Clansman is being played. Kathleen is moved to tears, Buck not so much.
83 sec (= 1:23 min)
Last but not least, a little screenshot comparison.