Saturday, July 13, 2024

Woody Allen on Harvey Weinstein, Who Distributed But Never Produced His Movies: “We never could have worked together”


In his memoir, “Apropos of Nothing,” Woody Allen recalls having some of his films distributed by Harvey Weinstein. Indeed, three of Woody’s biggest box office successes were sent to theaters via Miramax: “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Vicki Cristina Barcelona,” and “Mighty Aphrodite.” Each was a box office hit and scored many Academy Awards.

Woody writes:

Once, when Harvey Weinstein was distributing Everyone
Says I Love You, a film he bought for a lot of money, he saw,
hated, and asked me to take out the word motherfucker from
the rap song. I explained that I wasn’t going to do that. He
said if I would just cut that one word the movie, a musical,
could play Radio City Music Hall. I said I understand, but
I don’t make films to accommodate movie houses.

despite what was printed in the newspapers, Harvey never produced  any movies of mine. Never backed me. He only distributed a few already completed films and distributed
them well. In addition to Harvey’s skill at distributing,
he had an eye for offbeat, artsy movies and presented a
number of them. Still, I would never have allowed Harvey
to back or produce a film of mine because he was a hands-on
producer who changed and recut a director’s movie. We
never could have worked together.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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