Letters come in so many shapes and forms... When Peter Hall first alerted you to the website Letters of Note at the end of last year, he talked about The Birth of North by Northwest. The letter was an interesting and revealing communique -- and so is this latest installment ... for vastly different reasons.

The latest Letter of Note was sent to filmmaker Errol Morris by Harvey Weinstein back in the Miramax days of 1988. Morris went on NPR to promote his film The Thin Blue Line, and Harvey wasn't quite satisfied with his, erm, performance. Refusing to sugar-coat, the Miramax head started his complaint in the very first sentence: "Heard your NPR interview and you were boring." Weinstein continued: "You couldn't have dragged me to see The Thin Blue Line if my life depended on it."

Harvey wasn't complaining for the film -- which went on to win some pretty solid acclaim -- but rather the way Morris talked about it, "in short one sentence answers." Weinstein argued, pretty rightly so, that it should be discussed "from an emotional point of view." If Morris couldn't do as Harvey asked, he would "hire an actor in New York to pretend." (Can you imagine?!)

I'm including the transcript after the jump, but you can check out the scan on Miramax letterhead over at Letters of Note.
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