Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck
Sunday, 8.30pm, TCM The list of celebrities who appear in this profile of Richard Zanuck, one of the most successful film producers, is impressive. Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Morgan Freeman, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer and Sherry Lansing are just a few of the big names who share their memories of this cinema legend. The documentary features a long interview with Zanuck, recorded just before he died last year aged 77, in which he talks openly about his relationship with his film producer father, Darryl F. Zanuck, the drinking and aggressive behaviour that landed him in jail, and succeeding his father as head of Twentieth Century Fox studios. ‘‘ In this business if you want to do it right, study Richard Zanuck,’’ Johnny Depp says. The Sound of Music, M.A.S.H., The French Connection, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Planet of the Apes — we have Richard Zanuck to thank for them and so many more. documentary, made in 2010, includes blackand-white archival footage of, as one observer describes him, ‘‘ the equivalent of comfort food’’ singing with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. It also features Crosby singing White Christmas in a duet with David Bowie. Amsterdam, Tbilisi and Mexico City. Tonight, host Ishai Golan is in Haifa, with its Jewish, Christian and Muslim neighbourhoods. He learns about the roots of Israeli food and meets chef Israeli Aharoni, who explains how Arab and Jewish cultures influence the cuisine, which recognises no political divide.