Farewell, Miramax.

After much discourse on the subject and many rumors, Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s iconic studio Miramax is no more.  As of 1993, Disney had bought the studio for $70 million, but brothers Harvey and Bob maintained creative control, keeping the studio teetering on the brink of collapse for some time.

I don’t know about you, but to me Miramax represented one of the closest things to an arthouse studio that existed within Hollywood.  Without Miramax, who would have taken on films such as Pulp Fiction, The Talented Mr Ripley, No Country For Old Men or The Diving Bell and the Butterfly?  Miramax’s death is yet another setback for those of us who crave something more at the cinema than comic book heroes blowing things up.  What does it say about the state of narrative driven, original films if a studio run by two of the most powerful men in Hollywood can’t even survive?  Sure, they gave Kevin Smith his start, but everyone makes mistakes, right?

Grim indeed.

-mike

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