By Frederick H. Lowe
Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood movie producer who was fired Sunday from The Weinstein Co., a movie-making business he co-founded with his brother, Bob, amid growing allegations of sexual harassment and rape, made some good, possibly great movies I’m not sure other companies would have touched.
At Miramax, a company Harvey and his brother founded before starting Weinstein Co., they produced or executive produced “Pulp Fiction,” “Clerks,” “The Crying Game” and “Sex, Lies, and Videotape.”
After the brothers were forced out at Miramax, they produced or were executive producers of “Django Unchained,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Inglorious Bastards” and “The King’s Speech.”
Weinstein Co. also distributed director Lee Daniels’s popular film “The Butler,” starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker.
In addition, the studio also backed the movie “Fruitvale Station,” a true story about a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer (BART) killing Oscar Grant III, a young black man on the train’s platform near Oakland, California.
Grant’s deadly shooting in 2009 was filmed by other passengers with their cell phone cameras.
In addition, Weinstein, along with Shaun “Jay Z” Carter, produced “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six -part documentary about a 16-year old African American who was arrested and held in New York’s Rikers Island Prison for three years without ever being charged with a crime and without ever going on trial.
Weinstein’s eye for the exceptional in films and the allegations about his numerous sexual violations of women together create a picture of a complicated person who has contributed much to an industry and to our culture and is quite possibly a criminal who has committed brutal abuses of power.