The proprietor: the screenplay and story behind the film
Unique among film books, Ismail Merchant's The Proprietor not only includes the screenplay, it also shows the creative and practical process in close-up. In finding material for his European-American directorial debut, Merchant wanted "extraordinary, unbelievable things to happen" through the seemingly random events of everyday life such as: a meeting with the great French film actress Jeanne Moreau; a magnificent apartment in Paris, which was to become Merchant's own home; and the intricacies of the traditional French property auction. As the script developed with writers Jean-Marie Besset and George Trow, the story grew to become one about a seminal writer of the '60s who realizes that she no longer recognizes the world she helped invent. With the incomparable Moreau, the international cast also stars Sean Young, Sam Waterston, Nell Carter, Austin Pendleton, Marc Tissot, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Pierre Vaneck, and Charlotte de Turckheim. Included here are hilarious details from the production such as how Merchant impersonated the Maharaja of Jodhpur to gain access to a hotel and how, unable to find a suitable Parisian apartment, an entire scene was suddenly shifted onto a barge in the middle of the Seine. With a foreword by Moreau, lavish illustrations, screenplay, synopsis, and a special section on the making of the film, The Proprietor reveals some of the secrets of the acclaimed Merchant Ivory working method. It also shows how, despite the rigors of making an important artistic statement today, the final result can live happily ever after.
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One of the most overused words in my vocabulary has always been "process". I think this must be because it seems that all sorts of works from all sorts of genres require their respective processes so ... Read full review