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Producer/director/writer Edward Zwick’s most highly regarded film as a director is Glory, but his Oscar win is for producing Shakespeare in Love. And other films that he’s worked on have racked up many Oscar-wins for cast and crew members. Zwick took a path to Hollywood success that is not that unusual.

He was born and raised in Chicago, earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard— with an eye toward law school— before getting his MFA from the American Film Institute. (Chicago, Harvard and AFI have come up a lot in the three years of writing this blog, though I think Zwick is the first I can think of that combined them all.)

“I really like  cross-pollenating movies. Is Broadcast News about friendship or is it about ethics in journalism? Is Jerry Maguire about sports management or love? Is His Girl Friday about a newspaper or divorce? I just think that those movies I really like are about a number of things. “
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Zwick’s latest film Love and Other Drugs cross pollinates a satire on pharmaceutical sales, a romantic comedy, with the seriousness of Parkinson’s disease. The script was written by Zwick with Charles Randolph and Marshall Herskowitz, based on the book Hard Sell by Jamie Reidy.

The great director Sydney Pollack once said something to the effect that most of his film included a love story by design. Glance over his credits (The Firm, Out of Africa, Toosie, The Way We Were, Absence of Malice, The Electric Horseman) and you see a lot of cross-pollenating.

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