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Friday, August 05, 2005

Credit Bill Murray for " Final Cut " Club


I've always liked Bill Murray, ever since his SNL days, but there is something a lot more about him below the surface than his comedy. Bill Murray beleives in directorial creative autership (as long as he has a major say in his character, I'm sure). You can count on one hand the number of Hollywood funded directors that achieve "final cut" editing status. Producers in Hollywood avoid that like the plague, on the other hand, if you managed to nab marketable Murray for a lead role...hmmm. Murray features have been recently made by American auteurs (lets call 'em the "final cut club") Sophia Coppola, Wes Anderson, and now Jim Jarmusch with the Hollywood-funded BROKEN FLOWERS (I'm not counting "final cut" club members like David Lynch who routinely go overseas for no- creative-strings French funding..like for his upcoming INLAND EMPIRE: p.s. the French actually have an auteurship law, that legally gives the writer-director final cut). Word was that Jarmusch stuck to his guns during preproduction negotiations to not only retain final cut, but to not even have execs pass him notes with comments!! I credit Murray's star power, and director support. As long as Murray films make money, things are looking up for American autership.

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