Seeing ‘Reds’

Classic pic find home release

For someone who didn’t believe in promoting his films 25 years ago, Warren Beatty has certainly changed his tune.

Thesp, whose 1981 pic “REDS” is just now being released on DVD, has recently cooperated with several publications in order to get the word out on the release.

On Wednesday night after a special screening of the pic at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tulley Hall, Beatty explained his past actions involving the media.

“I am an odd case I guess. I don’t believe in publicity for movies. I didn’t do any interviews for this movie when it came out. For me to get up and start yakking about the movie when it came out would be possibly dangerous to the film because you never know if you are going to say something that obliterates what the movie is intended to be. It can be disruptive. So I didn’t do that. Of course that was dumb because the nature of the film distribution in that late seventies (changed) so you have to do the publicity. I still think it is wrong but I do it.”

Beatty went on to explain why the pic’s DVD release took so long.

“This business (of) commentary tracks – all of that self inflation is also not helpful to the movie itself. I always avoided it. But then these very nice people at Paramount who were not quite as sleepy as I was said, ‘Hey! Come on do this.’ I also had some other friends of mine tell me, ‘Get with the program. People do this now.’ But I still didn’t do the commentary over the scenes. I think that is just preposterous.”

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