No ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ for UAE movie fans

Director of thriller refuses cuts proposed by UAE censors to graphic film
No ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ for UAE movie fans
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By Shane McGinley
Mon 02 Jan 2012 03:05 PM

‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’, an adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel by the same name, won’t be showing in UAE cinemas after the film’s director declined cuts requested by censors.

The movie contains graphic scenes of violence and sexual abuse but it is understood that director David Fincher declined to allow the censorship needed to release the film in the Gulf country.

“We were asked to make seven or eight cuts to the film, which amounted to about three or four minutes,” said Kifah Ghraizi, operations manager at Empire, the UAE distributer for the film.

“All of the removed scenes contained nudity or of a sexual nature - no material was removed for religious or political reasons. But [director] David Fincher himself was not happy with the edits and has forbidden the film to be shown in the new format.”

The film is based on the first of a trilogy of crime novels by Swedish author Larsson. The plot follows journalist Mikael Blomkvist, played by British actor Daniel Craig, as he investigates the 40-year-old case of the disappearance of a wealthy young woman, aided by a tattooed, punk female computer hacker.

The $90m Hollywood version is a remake of a 2009 Swedish adaption by Danish director Niels Arden Oplev. The film has received glowing reviews in the US and UK, earning $69m at the global box office since its released on Dec 21 last year.

Fincher was previously responsible for box office heavyweights The Social Network and Fight Club.

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