Litvinoff, Si

Litvinoff, Si
   Along with his business partner, Max L. Raab, attorney Si Litvinoff sold STANLEY KUBRICK the film rights to the ANTHONY BURGESS novel A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1962), in the late 1960s, receiving an executive producer credit on the film. Litvinoff had been an active theatrical attorney for several years, representing scores of stage productions and films and such notables as Alan Arkin, TERRY SOUTHERN, Andy Warhol, Jean Genet, Nicol Williamson, the Circle in the Square theater, and The Paris Review. Litvinoff coproduced Leonard Bernstein’s Theater Songs (1965) and entered the Broadway arena full force in 1966 as the producer of Hail Scrawdyke!, directed by Alan Arkin.
   Together with Max L. Raab, Litvinoff formed Linus Films International in 1966, to produce motion pictures from “important books,” such as Saul Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King; Harry Kemelman’s best-seller, Friday the Rabbi Slept Late; John Barth’s The End of the Road; and A Clockwork Orange. Litvinoff initially joined forces with Terry Southern to develop a screen version of Clockwork. They planned to shoot the film (from Southern’s script) independently in England in February 1968. That version was to star David Hemmings as Alex, and John Boorman had agreed to direct. Litvinoff ’s other producing credits include Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout (1971) and The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976).
   ■ “Clockwork Orange,” New York Times, April 2, 1967;
   ■ Funke, Lewis, “News of the Rialto: Friday the Rabbi Went to the Theater,” New York Times, November 20, 1966, p. D-3;
   ■ “Si Litvinoff,” Playbill (Hail Scrawdike!), November 28, 1966.

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