The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0624 Thursday, 15 March 2001
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