Five Favorite Films and an Interview with Harvey Weinstein
We talk to the super-producer about My Week with Marilyn, what drives him to make films, and how he sees this year's Oscar season.
Whichever way you look at it, Harvey Weinstein is a legendary figure in the movie world. His original production and distribution company, Miramax, was instrumental in reshaping the landscape of American independent film in the late 1980s and into the '90s, ushering in such landmark movies as Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies, and videotape and Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. A passionate film lover and formidable Oscar season presence, Weinstein has been involved in all kinds of award-winning films, from Shakespeare In Love to The Lord of the Rings trilogy to last year's Academy champ, The King's Speech, executive produced under latest outfit, The Weinstein Company. This week, Weinstein serves as a producer and distributor on two critically-lauded films: My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as the iconic Miss Monroe, and The Artist, Jean Dujardin's silent movie smash that's now wooing American audiences. The super-producer called in this week for an entertaining chat about his involvement in the projects, what drives him to make films, and how he sees this year's Oscar derby.
Read on for the full interview, but first -- we asked him to pick his five favorite films. "As long as they're not any movie that I made," Weinstein says. "I wanna stipulate that I will not talk about the movies that I've made, but I will do a top five of other movies. Otherwise," he laughs, "they'll be listing all of my movies and that'll be the end of the list. We'd just list movies from Reservoir Dogs on and we'd be done. I'll do the five favorite films, but tomorrow if somebody asks me I'll probably change it. I change my list daily. It's like a diner -- these are the five specials today; tomorrow it'll be something else."
They Were Expendable (John Ford, 1945; 88% Tomatometer)
How Green Was My Valley (John Ford, 1941; 88% Tomatometer)
City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931; 100% Tomatometer)
His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940; 97% Tomatometer)
Two for the Road (Stanley Donen, 1967; 83% Tomatometer)
Toute Une Vie (And Now My Love) (Claude Lelouch, 1974; 60% Tomatometer)
Next, we chat with Weinstein about his passion for My Week with Marilyn, what drives him to produce films, and how he sees this year's Oscar season shaping up.