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People know that I have a great love for cinema. Not just for commercial cinema, but for the 'cinema d'auteur.' But to me, two of the great 'auteurs' are actually actors and they both happen to be French. One is Alain Delon and the other is Jean-Paul Belmondo.

People know that I have a great love for cinema. Not just for commercial cinema, but for the 'cinema d'auteur.' But to me, two of the great 'auteurs' are actually actors and they both happen to be French. One is Alain Delon and the other is Jean-Paul Belmondo.

I never make a movie for awards consideration. I will use the hope of getting an Academy Award a) to honor the people who work so hard and also b) it's the greatest Good Housekeeping seal in the world. It's the greatest brand. It's as good as Louis Vuitton and Dior in the world of moviemaking. It's the Super Bowl. ---->>>

If we don't get gun-control laws in this country, we are full of beans. To have the National Rifle Association rule the United States is pathetic. And I agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg: It's time to put up or shut up about gun control for both parties. ---->>>

I'm a benevolent dictator. ---->>>

I wanted to do something inspirational for my children.

I wanted to do something inspirational for my children.

People love a true story and especially a true story where two people from opposite worlds come together. ---->>>

Some people handle sweets better. ---->>>

It's the golden age of French cinema again but it's because Sarkozy had the guts to push through copyright law. ---->>>

All that self-control stuff, I tried all that stuff from analysts. I went everywhere to these guys, every kind of anger-management, psychologist, psychiatrist. 'Get rid of my temper, get rid of my temper.' And there was only one guy who just said, 'I don't think this is related to, uh, issues. I think there has got to be something wrong.' ---->>>

I hope to continue my friendship with France and its filmmakers for many years to come. ---->>>

You know, for years I used to read about myself. They'd say, 'He has a temper' or 'He's a bully' or something like that, and it always bothered me. ---->>>

You know, I'm the tough guy with taste, good friends, you know, describe me that I'm the tough guy, period, the way others do. But, you know, I'll tell you, I'm a complete wuss when it comes to my own kids. ---->>>

There are two things that come very easily to me: rooting for New York sports teams and making mistakes. ---->>>

Last year, when 'Black Swan,' 'True Grit' and 'King's Speech' all grossed over $100 million, it gave studios and independent financiers the confidence to make daring movies and not do the same old you-know-what. ---->>>

There is nothing like the way people feel after they've seen 'The Intouchables.' They feel amazing. The word of mouth on this film is incredible. It's intelligent-feeling good. You're not insulted by the low-browness or stupidity of some of the humor. It's so smart and terrific.

There is nothing like the way people feel after they've seen 'The Intouchables.' They feel amazing. The word of mouth on this film is incredible. It's intelligent-feeling good. You're not insulted by the low-browness or stupidity of some of the humor. It's so smart and terrific.

I just finished my homework fast, I was bored to death. There wasn't 500 channels so there was a thing for a librarian to teach a kid like me about reading. I started reading early and I read all the time, because I love it. ---->>>

The great thing that guys like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and the Google guys have in common is they treat their technology like it's art, and I suppose in the hands of virtuosos like them, it is.

The great thing that guys like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and the Google guys have in common is they treat their technology like it's art, and I suppose in the hands of virtuosos like them, it is.

I learned what I really love is making films, not the film business. I want to be on the set, meeting with writers, I want that freedom. I love it now.

I learned what I really love is making films, not the film business. I want to be on the set, meeting with writers, I want that freedom. I love it now.

I always find that when I do something that I like, from my heart, then it works. ---->>>

When we talk about Oscars, it's almost as a symbol of excellence, and the American public and the worldwide public accept that symbol. ---->>>

We in the independent sector more than anybody need Netflix, because they care about what we do. ---->>>

Debt can be the most addictive thing in the universe, and it can kill you. You get used to living high off the hog. It was intoxicating. ---->>>

It's hard to market a movie when you're at the mercy of critics and journalists. ---->>>

It's hard to think of yourself as a brand, especially when I have four daughters who kick my butt early in the morning every day before I go to work. ---->>>

Margaret Thatcher made tough decisions. She put people out of work and she stood up to labor unions and she did a lot of things that I did not like. ---->>>

Like Rodgers and Hammerstein, I'm not afraid to deal with themes about the ups and downs of life, yet which are still entertaining, and you still feel these stories. ---->>>

As a young man, I went to Paris and soaked up many hours of film knowledge from Robert Hakim in my efforts to become a producer. ---->>>

First of all, I never make a movie for awards consideration. ---->>>

I don't know, I'll probably make the first superhero movie that bombs. ---->>>

I think sometimes we in the industry have to do ambitious projects. ---->>>

All my life, I have loved and been inspired by French cinema, and as a studio head it has been my pride and joy to have the ability to bring movies to audiences around the world. ---->>>

I remember when I took Quentin Tarantino with me to a very private screening of the documentary 'Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,' which shows some of the legal irregularities of his case. I was involved by the film, and it was an amazing experience to see people weep at the end of it.

I remember when I took Quentin Tarantino with me to a very private screening of the documentary 'Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,' which shows some of the legal irregularities of his case. I was involved by the film, and it was an amazing experience to see people weep at the end of it.

I saw 'Tintin' in Europe - it is 'Indiana Jones' on steroids. Unbelievable. What a fantastic movie. Steven Spielberg, you rock the house. And working with those young English guys like Edgar Wright, and also Peter Jackson; what a great combination. ---->>>

I think for us - the Weinstein name, the Miramax name - they've both become synonymous with brands. We have a real winning formula when it comes to championing a different kind of movie, and I think the audience trusts us. ---->>>

When we talk about Oscars, it's almost as a symbol of excellence, and the American public and the worldwide public accept that symbol. So, a movie like 'The Artist' that costs $14 million, has to go out and compete with movies that cost $140 million. How does David deal with Goliath?

When we talk about Oscars, it's almost as a symbol of excellence, and the American public and the worldwide public accept that symbol. So, a movie like 'The Artist' that costs $14 million, has to go out and compete with movies that cost $140 million. How does David deal with Goliath?

George Clooney's 'Ides of March' could be the most under-appreciated movie of the year. In 20 years they're gonna go back and say, 'Oh, that was American politics in that time period.' I follow politics, I love it, and that movie is so authentic. ---->>>

If an Internet company steals content, they shut it down. And let me tell you, Apple France, Yahoo France or Google France, none of them have gone out of business. ---->>>

Everybody who's played Marilyn Monroe before has gone down in flames. It's impossible to capture Marilyn Monroe. ---->>>

I've had such a great track record in making a huge profit when the movies are smaller. ---->>>

I think audiences can deal with these mature themes. ---->>>

They keep the old business. We keep the ongoing business. ---->>>

To have the National Rifle Association rule the United States of America is pathetic. ---->>>

You can spend all the money in the world. If you've got a bad product, it doesn't matter. ---->>>

You know, my movies are important on an economic basis, on an artistic basis. ---->>>

All my movies got screwed up because of my personality. ---->>>

Audiences want to see intelligent movies. ---->>>

I don't have to agree with everything a candidate does to support him. ---->>>

I love it when these Internet dudes say to me, 'Hey man, we just want to be 'content neutral.' ---->>>

I'd never made a teen comedy in my life. ---->>>

I'm probably the only person who goes to work and says 'Wow, it's really nice here and sweet,' even in the competitive movie business. ---->>>

I'm sure the next time Piers Morgan asks me to host his show again I will ask President Obama to be my guest. ---->>>

I'm the father of four daughters. ---->>>

I... grew up in politics and I used to work for the Democratic Party. ---->>>

It's always tough for me to make a movie, and then sit on an airplane and watch somebody watch it on their phone. ---->>>

People want to see big, escapist fare. They don't want to be challenged to think. ---->>>

There's something about the fashion world that I like, which is, I see a lot of the designers really have affection for other designers. ---->>>

When you have four daughters, you learn to lose early and often. ---->>>

You're always fascinated by what you do, and how other people look at it. ---->>>

My movies are important on an economic basis, on an artistic basis. ---->>>

Over the years with movies, I've given directors notes. ---->>>

We need Netflix. We in the independent sector more than anybody need Netflix, because they care about what we do. ---->>>

When people ask me what makes movies great, it's the material. ---->>>

I think I took my eye off the ball. From about 2005, 2006, 2007, I was out of it. I thought I could oversee movies and have it done for me, so to speak. ---->>>

I want to deal with somebody who comes from another country to the United States and has a family that comes. I don't care if it's a black family from Jamaica or a Hispanic family from Mexico. These issues need to be dealt with, but they need to be dealt with in the entertaining way. ---->>>

I've been involved with violent movies, and then I've also said at a certain point, 'I can't take it anymore. Please cut it.' You know, you've got to respect the filmmaker, and it's a really tough issue. ---->>>

Every time I do a movie like 'Finding Neverland' or 'Chocolat' or 'Shakespeare' in Love,' we deal with the creative process, but there's humor and fun along the way. I always love that kind of movie. ---->>>

I always loved the creative process, from 'Shakespeare in Love' to 'Finding Neverland' to 'Basquiat'; whether it's serious, or it's comedic, whether it's the 'inside look' at that, it seems to be a theme of what I do. ---->>>

I must admit, even though I'm the product of two Jewish parents, I think the Irish temper got in there somewhere, so I'm going to check Mom's genealogy. ---->>>

I think we do have our true, original stories that work. I can tell you that 'The King's Speech,' which we did, became a worldwide smash because people loved the personal story. ---->>>

I was a camp counselor for kids whose moms were on welfare, unfortunately, and right across the camp was the best, most pristine and preppy camp in the universe. ---->>>

Roman Polanski is a man who cares deeply about his art and its place in this world. What happened to him on his incredible path is filled with tragedy, and most men would have collapsed. Instead, he became a great artist and continues to make great films. ---->>>

We didn't care if we were well-liked as long as the movies were good. We served the movie - that was our master at Miramax. In our second incarnation, the movie is still the master but we're getting the same results in more subtle ways. ---->>>

We've been able to access deals that under our former relationship with Disney - with tax advantages and strategic partners - that we just weren't able to do. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 03-19, 1952
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, U.S.
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Occupation: Producer
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Harvey Weinstein, CBE (born March 19, 1952) is an American film producer and film studio executive. He is best known as co-founder of Miramax, which produced several popular independent films including Pulp Fiction, Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Crying Game and Clerks. He and his brother Bob have been co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company, their film production company, since 2005 (wikipedia)