Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House

Repeated viewings of “Gone With the Wind” led this pol to read Rudy Behlmer’s book “Memo from David O. Selznick,” about the autocratic producer’s voluminous correspondence with his stars and directors, among them Alfred Hitchcock.

As Newt Gingrich tells it, an interviewer once asked the director of “Rebecca” what he thought of all those D.O.S. memos.

“I have always wondered what was in them,” replied Hitch.

The lesson learned? “I can send out memos, but I need to follow them up,” says Gingrich.

Another Oscar-winning pic that made a big impact on the former Speaker of the House is William Wyler’s 1959 epic. ” ‘Ben-Hur’ is stunningly faithful to the spirit of Lew Wallace, who started out writing a book to disprove Christ and ended up writing a book proving Christ. The end of ‘Ben-Hur’ is as powerful a commitment of faith as anything that has ever been filmed. And Charlton Heston was able to carry it off,” says Gingrich.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety