Closing Credits: Miramax
I thought it rather fitting to talk about the demise of Miramax as I do those actors, directors, writers and others involved in film when they die, for yesterday was the death of Miramax, or at least the company as we know it.
Why does it deserve a mention under such circumstances? Well it produced a great list of films and distributed a great many more, and was seen as a strong independent distribution and production company, until Disney took it over in 1993 of course.
Pre-Disney - and I shan't dare link all these films, you can see that under the IMDB listing for Miramax - it produced films such as: The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover; A Rage in Harlem, and Bob Roberts.
Post-Disney they produced: Clerks; The Crow; La reine Margot; Pulp Fiction; Bullets Over Broadway; Prêt-à-Porter; Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead; Kids; The Crossing Guard; Mighty Aphrodite; Restoration; From Dusk Till Dawn; Jane Eyre; Emma; Brassed Off; The English Patient; Welcome to Sarajevo; Cop Land; Mimic; Jackie Brown; Sliding Doors; Little Voice; Shakespeare in Love; Chocolat; Captain Corelli's Mandolin; The Others; Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; Buffalo Soldiers; The Shipping News; The Importance of Being Earnest; Confessions of a Dangerous Mind; Cypher; Gangs of New York; Chicago; Kill Bill: Vol. 1; The House; The Human Stain; Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; Cold Mountain; Kill Bill: Vol. 2; Fahrenheit 9/11; Finding Neverland; The Aviator; Hostage; Cinderella Man; Kinky Boots; Derailed; Hollywoodland; Venus; Breaking and Entering; The Hoax; The Lookout; No Country for Old Men; Gone Baby Gone; There Will Be Blood; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas; Everybody's Fine, and the to be released Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.
In fact looking at that last run of films you might be wondering why they shut the company down.
According to The Guardian there are six films awaiting release from the company, including John Madden's The Debt and Last Night, starring Keira Knightley. One would assume they will get released by Disney, but that nothing else will get funded.
The company began in 1979 when Bob and Harvey Weinstein created it, and it was bought by Disney in 1993, who to their credit did not turn it into a Disney stable, as can be seen by the huge output above. The Weinstein's stayed with the company until 2005 when they broke to form their own named company, the Weinstein Company.
Speaking about the move Harvey Weinstein said he was feeling very nostalgic and had positive things to say about the people working there, as well as the films that will continue to be watched that they made.