Friday, October 20, 2017

Tarantino / Weinstein

Quentin Tarantino

I think I walked out on Django — more predictable QT revenge porn, one great blast of fantastic violence purging or compensating for all evil, Nazism, slavery, what have you — and if not I certainly meant to. But I like, have viewed and reviewed, many Tarantino films, even if they too often lately reduce to Kill Them All.

But my respect for Tarantino as a man was bolstered immeasurably by his comments about Harvey Weinstein. In  a NY Times piece he is quoted as saying, about failure to act on what he kept hearing about Weinstein, even from Mira Sorvino, his lover at one point:

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard . . . If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

He added:
“What I did was marginalize the incidents. . . Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse.”

Not as crappy as dodges or inadvertent and peculiar comments by Ben Affleck and Woody Allen.

I think it's particularly brave for Tarantino to aver that if he really knew then what he fully knows now, he wouldn't have been able to work with Weinstein. It's brave because Weinstein produced, touted and promoted Tarantino, propelling him to the celebrity status he occupies today.

One question I have, and haven't heard addressed: Would Tarantino and films by other of Weinstein’s bravos, have seen the light of day minus Weinstein’s hi-powered, bullying tactics?

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