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Time of the Gypsies (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on August 24, 2008

Finally got a chance to see the television version of this, one of my all-time favorites.  Divided into 5 episodes of about an hour each, it’s roughly twice as long as the theatrical edition.  There are a few really wonderful scenes added, but most of them are rather unnecessary.  The bulk of the added material seems to be further criminal exploits by Ahmed and Perhan, which kind of makes the whole thing feel even more like The Godfather (but much, much better).  It’s been 3 1/2 years since I last watched this film, so it’s hard to say which I prefer more, but I think the theatrical cut has a slight edge due to its conciseness (and it’s already a fairly long movie).  Perhaps if this ever comes out on DVD in this country, Kusturica will put together a director’s cut that includes the best excised scenes.  And I’d also love a soundtrack CD, Goran Bregovic’s score is magnificent.  Rating: 10


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