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The Devil is in the Detail

A feature-length cinema vérité portrait of one of the world's greatest stage directors at work, filmed over the course of a year. From his first sketches in pencil until opening night, we witness Carsen's creative processes as he reinvents Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE, which Bernstein and writer Lillian Hellman based on the classic 18th century book by Voltaire, in order to satirize Senator McCarthy and his anti-Communist witch-hunts. Carsen's name is not well known to the general public, but it's a household word among the heads of every theater, museum, and opera house in Europe and the US. While his primary focus is bringing an audacious, contemporary visual style to classical operas, his wide-ranging work includes “Karl For Ever”, a 2019 tribute to Karl Lagerfeld for the Grand Palais in Paris, and a cowboy show for Disneyland Paris which has been running for 25 years. 

“Carsen’s production was given a rapturous reception.” —International Herald Tribune

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Carsen, Robert (on-screen participant)
Friedman, Peter (film director)
Friedman, Peter (film producer)
Friedman, Peter (director of photography)
Friedman, Peter (editor of moving image work)
Ross, Mon (film producer)
Rappaport, Douglas (film producer)

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Robert Carsen,Candide,Leonard Bernstein,musical theater,musical comedy,opera,theater,comic operetta,McCarthy hearings,drama,set design,costume design,choreography,Lambert Wilson,William Burden,Anna Christy,Voltaire,20th century American history; "The Devil is in the Detail"; Strange Attractions