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The documentary diariesWorking experiences of a non-fiction filmmaker$
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Alan Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993023

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993023.001.0001

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Beyond the Velvet Curtain

Beyond the Velvet Curtain

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(p.223) 9 Beyond the Velvet Curtain
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The documentary diaries
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Alan Rosenthal

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784993023.003.0014

This section deals with the immense difficulties of trying to set up a four part series covering the social history of opera. It documents the origin of the idea, and the exploration of setting up the project as co-production between three countries. Though many people show an initial enthusiasm the filmmakers soon see that the market for high art TV films has severely diminished. Some of the reactions of various networks to the proposal are given in detail. To help the reader see how the project was conceived and marketed, the chapter also includes the initial full proposal, and a shortened two pager proposal.

Keywords:   Co-production, Opera, Sex, Nationalism, Opera conductors, Mahler, Toscanini, Wagner

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