“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
~ James Gray
By Noah Forrest Forrest@moviecitynews.com
Stanley Kubrick Passed Away 12 Years Ago Today
One of the greatest scenes in movie history in one of the greatest films in movie history.
I remember waking up on March 7th, 1999 and seeing the news that Kubrick had died on AICN. I couldn’t believe my eyes, thought it was some kind of joke. The man was my hero, the man who made me interested in movies as an art form. When I realized that it was true, I nearly burst into tears. Eyes Wide Shut was still four months from being released and word had gotten out that he had screened it a few days before his death. I was excited to see my first new Kubrick film in theaters – even if it wasn’t finished – but depressed because it would be the last. The man was a visionary and I will always believe that he was the greatest filmmaker that ever lived.
To quote the ending of the film: “It was in the reign of King George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.”