In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films from the 1990s that attracted awards attention – one with less controversy than the other.
After the way his first film was treated, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson was adamant things would be different with his second. But who would give a twentysomething filmmaker $15m and creative control for a film on the surface about making adult movies? And why would Burt Reynolds get so upset?
Things were more straightforward with 1992’s Unforgiven, the film that finally bagged Clint Eastwood an Oscar he never expected to see. However, Eastwood nearly missed the script altogether when he was recommended to avoid it. And even when he read it, it’d be a long, long wait for the film.
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