The New Extended Version

An extended version of the film was screened on May 18 and 19 2012 at the Cannes Film Festival. This version adds 26 minutes of footage to the film and has a total running time of 255 minutes. The restoration was carried out by the Cineteca di Bologna. Two of Sergio Leone's children, Andrea and Rafealla, were involved in the project. It was screened twice at Cannes and was also given a public screening in Bologna on 24 June. It will be shown at the Locarno Film Festival in August and is being released in France in September 2012 but there is no confirmation yet on releases in other countries or whether it will be released on DVD.

The extra footage includes:

  • several minutes added to the scene where Noodles visits the mausoleum.
  • Noodles talking to the chauffeur before his date with Deborah.
  • Noodles first meeting Eve.
  • Deborah performing on stage.
  • Max and Jimmy O'Donnell's conversation in 1968.

For more information:

Article on the Cannes Festival website announcing the premiere of the extended version.

A booklet about the restoration for the Cannes screening.

Further details on the added scenes by Mat Viola, who also argues that the new version should not be considered a 'director's cut.'

Three of the additional scenes (Deborah on stage, mausoluem, and Max/Jimmy conversation) can be seen here.

The added footage of the mausoleum scene can also be seen here.


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