Weinstein calls for film violence summit after Batman killings

Jul 27, 2012

But where should it be held? The corner of Hubris St and Hypocrisy Blvd, says Deadline Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD producer Harvey Weinstein has blamed lack of gun control for the Colorado cinema shooting but says the film industry must also examine its part in the tragedy. Weinstein, who has produced such violent films as Kill Bill (pictured) and Inglorious Basterds, says it is time for Hollywood to examine how brutal aggression in movies influences people.

Weinstein is proposing a film-makers' summit. "I think as film-makers we should sit down - the Marty Scorseses, the Quentin Tarantinos - and hopefully all of us who deal in violence in movies - and discuss our role in that," he told the US blog Huffington Post.

Weinstein admitted that he has wrestled with the question of film violence. "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.'"

Weinstein said it was important "to respect the film-maker" but the Hollywood elite can't "shirk responsibility" for potentially inspiring the Aurora rampage that killed 12 people and wounded 58 others.

The New York Daily News says that by calling out his Hollywood colleagues Weinstein is "sure to rankle some industry big shots". However, he saved his toughest remarks for the nation's political leaders. He endorsed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's crusade to address the nation's gun problem and criticised Republicans and Democrats for not rallying behind him.

Another concerned film-maker is legendary director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) who told the Hollywood Reporter that film violence was now "out of control". Bogdanovich's 1968 film, Targets, ends with an angry Vietnam War veteran shooting teenagers at a drive-in movie theatre. He said he now felt "sick" that he had made a film on the subject.

Deadline Hollywood is not convinced by all this soul-searching. It suggested Weinstein's summit could take place at the "corner of Hubris St. and Hypocrisy Blvd, in the city of Sanctimony, right near the Self-Righteous Cineplex."

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