a film by irvin kershner

to be produced by Irvin Kershner and Mitchell Lifton


original Story & screenplay


irvin Kershner and mitchell Lifton


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The film is a story of love and betrayal and music and passion, to be directed by one of Hollywood's legendary directors, Irvin Kershner.

It tells the romance of an independent, magnificently strong-willed woman ultimately destroyed by her passion--for opera, and for one of it's greatest composers: Giacomo Puccini. The entire action of the film is set in Italy shortly before the Maestro's death, at the time when Mussolini and his thugswere grabbing power (1919-23).

The film is set in the world of opera, but it is in no sense an "opera film." It is, rather, a driving and tragic love story which uses the intense dramatic passion of Puccini's music as a significant element in the narrative.

Since operatic performance is an essential part of the story, Warners Classics International has completed recording the on-screen music with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa singing the principal arias, Puccini's great music loved and admired around the world. The score which will be written for the film will be closely integrated with the Puccini melodies.



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