Five Favorite Films with Jerry Bruckheimer
Chatting with the blockbuster producer of this week's Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Super producer Jerry Bruckheimer has earned a spot amongst Hollywood's elite players by producing some of the most successful and bombastic films of the last three decades, from Beverly Hills Cop to Armageddon, to Black Hawk Down and all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. (They don't call him "Mr. Blockbuster" for nothing.) So what's Bruckheimer doing producing this week's estrogen-powered Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring a radiant Isla Fisher alongside the fab fashion mise-en-scenes of Sex and the City designer Patricia Fields?
He's taking people (in this case, the chick lit crowd) on a journey. In our discussion below, RT chats with Bruckheimer about his Five Favorite Films, many of which were directed by a sort of blockbuster magician of another generation, the celebrated British filmmaker David Lean. All five of his favorites, however, share certain elements that Bruckheimer strives for in his own career -- a fortuitous combination of great writing, great visual style, and great casting. (They also share a lot in common with the picks of last week's Five Favorite Films subject, Djimon Hounsou, to which Bruckheimer quips, "Really? He's a smart man.")
Below, Jerry Bruckheimer reminisces on working with Paul Schrader and the late artistic director Ferdinando Scarfiotti, with whom he worked on Cat People and American Gigolo, and compares the plight of Shopaholic's indebted heroine to America's current economic crisis. Intriguingly, Bruckheimer also argues that there is no glass ceiling in Hollywood for female filmmakers today (although Confessions of a Shopaholic is helmed by male director P.J. Hogan). Read on for all this and more with Jerry Bruckheimer.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, 95% Tomatometer), Lawrence of Arabia (1962, 98% Tomatometer), Dr. Zhivago (1965, 84% Tomatometer)
The Godfather (1972, 100% Tomatometer)
Raging Bull (1980, 98% Tomatometer)
Next: Bruckheimer on Paul Schrader, making films to "empower women," and how he pulls each project together