Speaking of power, back in 80s, Menahem Golan and his Cannon Pictures ruled Cannes – their billboards covered the major hotels and Menahem himself held court from his bed in his suite at the Carlton. Apologizing to no one for his trashy, money making films, he enjoyed the hell out of himself.
Today, walking through the new market place building, with the screening rooms upstairs and the main floor featuring hundreds of open cubicles each rented to various international production companies, I came across Menahem Golan. Sitting in a plastic chair, in sharp contrast to his past Carlton luxury surrounded by minions, he was regaling half a dozen people with his plans for the future. Waving his arms to point out the various productions he had in the pipeline, he took particular pride in pausing at the largest poster: Elian – the Gonzales Boy Story Tag line: From Cuba to Miami…And Back??? Shooting now in a secret location – Delivery in September. Delivery to whom is of course an open question, but leave it to Menahem to grab at any straw to keep him making movies. His enthusiasm hadn’t dimmed and he still had nothing to apologize for – by all appearances he didn’t seem to care if it was a plastic chair in an open cubicle or a suite at the Carlton. He was back in Cannes and that’s all that mattered.
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