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Just A Gigolo German Cut Part 1

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Published on Sep 1, 2009

Known as Schoner Gigolo Armer Gigolo; this is the German version of David Hemmings Just a Gigolo. If you've seen the English edit, you'll notice there's a few scenes in this version that don't appear in the original English cut. Which is unfortunate because the more Bowie the better I say. This version has superior colour grading and editing and more noticibly, a far superior audio track. But alas...it's all in... German. The disc does have Dutch subtitles for this cut but I couldn't rip them for some reason. It's a shame there's no English subtitles (although mysteriously as I was trying to get any subtitles to work; I caught a brief glimpse of English subtitles even though the disc says it doesn't have them)!

In terms of narrative; this German edit is much better and makes more sense. Unfortunately, Hemmings decided to get rid of some of the quirky humour found in the English version; instead opting for a more serious film. This is a shame because I really liked the subtle silliness of some of the scenes in the English version, (for e.g., Bowie accidentally knocking the bottle down the stairs...that has been taken out for this one).

Other big differences compared to the English version;
The Beginning; it's in lovely colour and not sepia.
The Hospital scene is cut.
The Train scene at the beginning is longer and in black and white, not sepia.
More inside the house while he searches for "Mutti".
A whole Dinner scene and conversation that was not included in the original.
The Wedding Party scene now has a conversation with Cilly and Paul.
The Ending is quite different giving the film a completely different angle on Paul's relationships.
Some minor edits including:
No pushing the bottle down the stairs.
More added to Boxing Ring scene when Paul meets with the Captain.
More added to when Paul is watching Cilly's movie in a cinema.
No scene with Paul and Cilly kissing in bed during her wedding party. (damn)

There are other minor changes made to make the film more serious. As I said, it's a much better cut than the ill -fated English version that was released and critically panned, but I do miss the humour. I also really wish they'd put English subtitles on the DVD.

Anyway, hope you enjoy watching this. If you don't understand German and you watch all 10 parts, it must be because you're a real Bowie fan :) (And you do kind of get what's happening despite the language).

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