The film was distributed to Weinstein and had won the 1990 Academy Award in the best foreign-language film. The letter by the producer's attorney also included an appeal from Italian attorneys Bruno della Ragione and Filomena Cusano, who noted Weinstein's contributions to Italian cinema and stated that it was "crucial" for him to attend the meetings. "We understand that he will be facing a potentially lengthy trial in the U.S. and that he is confident he will redeem himself during the trial," wrote the Italian attorneys.
The disgraced producer is awaiting trial in New York in September on the charges of rape and sexual assault. All the more, an ankle monitor has been fitted onto him and isn't allowed to make any travels outside New York or Connecticut without getting the court's permission. Just a few days ago, a Manhattan federal court judge on Monday decided that a sex trafficking lawsuit against the producer can proceed.
"The Godfather." The cat held by Marlon Brando in the opening scene was a stray that Coppola found while on the lot at Paramount, and was not originally called for in the script. So content was the cat that its purring muffled some of Brando's dialogue, and, as a result, most of his lines had to be looped.