At age 28, Stanley Jaffe produced "Goodbye Columbus" (1969) and was appointed executive vice president and chief corporate officer of Paramount Pictures two years later. Jaffe subsequently spent two y...
Does ... this ... movie ... really ... have ... to ... be ... nearly ... two
... hours ... long? By showing Basinger's character's extensive adjustment to life in the bush the film eventually manages to tell the story of one woman's quest to find strength through her pain. Not too original.
Though Basinger doesn't give the Academy-caliber performance she did in
"L.A. Confidential " she does manage to draw you in. She's most powerful in her dramatic roles and in this movie the drama comes when she attempts to deal with the loss of her loved ones. Sadly the dashing Vincent Perez as her new husband is forgettable.
In telling this story Hugh Hudson takes his time ... too much time. Easily "I
Dreamed of Africa" could stand to lose at least 20 minutes. Hudson does know however how to get the best work out of Basinger. And kudos to the cinematographer. The vastness of the African landscape and the beauty of its sunsets are a treat.
In January, announced plan to scale back size of production company, Jaffilms, due to difficulties in raising $225 million
Appointed president and chief operating officer of Paramount Communications; dissolved partnership with Lansing
Named executive assistant to the president, Seven Arts
Joined Seven Arts Associates
Joined Columbia Pictures as executive vice president of worldwide production
Formed Jaffe-Lansing Productions with Sherry Lansing (date approximate)
Named president of Paramount TV; resigned to form own production company, Jaffilms 1971
Named successor to Brandon Tartikoff as president of Paramount, effective December 1
Fired from Paramount on April 6
In June, announced plans to launch a production company in cooperation with Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE); SPE contributed $75 million; Jaffe was to raise an additional $225 million
Became head of East Coast programming for Seven Arts TV
Filed suit against Paramount for $20 million in a stock option dispute; suit dismissed by court in 1995
Produced "Goodbye Columbus" (1968) for Paramount Pictures Corp. before joining company as executive vice president and chief corporate officer
At age 28, Stanley Jaffe produced "Goodbye Columbus" (1969) and was appointed executive vice president and chief corporate officer of Paramount Pictures two years later. Jaffe subsequently spent two years at Columbia as executive vice president of worldwide production before returning to independent production with the Academy Award-winning "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). For nearly a decade (from 1982 to 1991), he worked in collaboration with Sherry Lansing. Their company Jaffe-Lansing Productions was responsible for such features as "Racing With the Moon" (1984), the Oscar-nominated "Fatal Attraction" (1987) and "School Ties" (1992). In March 1991, Jaffe was named president and chief operating officer of Paramount. The following autumn, he was named as president with former partner Lansing assuming the reins as chair. When Viacom purchased Paramount in 1994, Jaffe was fired. He then entered into a production deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment, where his new production company Jaffilms has several projects in development.
formerly married to Guess? jeans co-founder Georges Marciano
former president, CEO and chairman of Columbia Pictures; died August 20, 1997 at age 88
born c. 1966
worked in music industry
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
"There is a school of thought that subscribes to the belief that there are, in fact, two Stanley Jaffes. The person who produces movies like "Kramer vs. Kramer" . . . is thoughtful, controlled, alert to everything and everyone around him--a real contributor to the process. The one who ends up in management positions, however, is angry, suspicious and often mean-spirited."--Peter Bart in "Stormy Stanley Is Everyone's Target du Jour", DAILY VARIETY, February 7, 1994
When he was fired from Paramount, Jaffe filed a lawsuit claiming that Viacom, the studio's new owner, had blocked his attempt to exercise stock options worth $20 million. A New York State Supreme Court ruled in favor of Viacom, since Jaffe had been fired after Viacom had acquired Paramount.