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Untouchable

Year: 2019
Production Co: BBC Television
Director: Ursula Macfarlane
Cast: Paz de la Huerta, Rosanna Arquette, Eerika Rosenbaum, Ken Auletta, Kim Masters, Ronan Farrow, Megan Twohey, Jodi Kantor

Though this documentary was made by the BBC, a media institution with no particular ties to Hollywood, there's still a fairly hypocritical shade to anything we now say about Harvey Weinstein. This review isn't the place for a rant about protecting monsters as long as they keep laying golden eggs, but I'd bet most of Hollywood knew.

Director Ursula Macfarlane hasn't dug up anything new, instead going to the people who've already spoken out and helped Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and Ronan Farrow drag it all to light.

It begins by charting the early start and success Weinstein and brother Bob had in concert promotions and later movie distribution, and from very early on stories about bullying, sexual intimidation and sexual assault emerge, the first from a poor woman who worked for him when the company started and who still had trouble getting the words out about what he did to her.

As his power grows, she combines it with more talking heads like Rosanna Arquette and Paz de la Huerta and footage of Weinstein himself (plenty of it with him obviously in nice guy damage control, but one in particular of him sneering a venomous threat to a photographer that nobody will ever buy his work).

It doesn't really turn up anything you didn't already know or suppose about him, but here's what's important to remember. Weinstein is obviously a monumental bastard, but as this movie helps cement, his getting away with such behaviour for decades is also an indictment of the system that closed ranks around him because of how much money and prestige he generated for it.

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