Ok, when I saw a Roman Polanski story turn up in my newsfeed filters I assumed there’d be some reference to his 1971 Macbeth. Nope. In this case it’s a Shakespeare In Love reference. It seems that producer Harvey Weinstein was at the forefront of recently circulated Hollywood memo of support for child rapist Roman Polanski. Weinstein was also the producer for Shakespeare in Love. But wait! The connection is deeper, the article suggests. We Shakespeare geeks know that Shakespeare In Love won the Oscar for best picture in 1999, beating out Saving Private Ryan, which many people still scream is the greatest tragedy in the history of that particular award. So be it. Gary Thompson argues that Weinstein is typical of Hollywood’s growing insular nature, where it no longer cares about anything but itself:
…its story of a theater troupe outsmarting censors reminded all of the writers and actors who vote for the Academy Awards how wonderful they are.
He then goes on to suggest that this is Weinstein’s method – make movies that flatter actors and writers, because they’re the ones that vote. They don’t want to be reminded of WWII, they want to be reminded of how wonderful they are. I don’t know if I agree or not. But I do know that the next time the topic comes up I’ll have a point to make. 🙂 http://www.philly.com/dailynews/features/Gary_Thompson_Why_Hollywood_doesnt_get_the_Polanski_thing.html