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Re: Miramax's Problems Releasing "O"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0624  Thursday, 15 March 2001

From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Mar 2001 18:46:14 -0600
Subject: 12.0607 Re: Miramax's Problems Releasing "O"
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0607 Re: Miramax's Problems Releasing "O"

David Linton wrote:

>Perhaps there's more to the story than concern for school shootings.  I
>have seen the film and spoken to some folks at Miramax.  Some feel that
>the film is simply a weak movie that will get trashed and do poorly at
>the box office.  I find it to be pretty soft except for Julia Stiles who
>keeps turning in solid Shakespeare performances.
>
>Perhaps the real issue is the racial one.  The film has attractive black
>and white young people in love and in bed.  This has never been an easy
>sell and the present political climate makes it even more problematic.

Perhaps -- except that Julia Stiles just starred in another film
featuring a biracial romance, "Save the Last Dance", which was a huge
hit at the box office.  Given that fact, and the tendency of Hollywood
executives to follow, lemming-like, after whatever has recently been
popular, I doubt that the racial issue has much effect on Miramax's
decision.

Dave Kathman

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