Don’t Say No Un­til I Fin­ish Talk­ing: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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