You surely know who Helen Mirren is and perhaps you don't know who Greta Keller was - and is.
The picture above is just one of many examples documenting how perfect Helen Mirren would to be to star in the role of Greta Keller. This little teaser therefore is intended for an audience of one and an audience of a million.
|The notion of proposing
the motion picture Chanteuse to Helen Mirren, however, is
based on far more than a mere physical and visual similarity between Greta
Keller and Helen Mirren. It is about content, about the emotional depth
required of an actress to convey the almost indescribable magic that allowed
Greta to be who she was, to sing how she sang, and to love as she did.
The fact that Helen Mirren “can't sing her way out of a paper bag” (Variety
- March 2, 2015) is a unique asset. It eliminates any temptation to attempt
the impossible: To sing like Greta. Too many times, singers thought they
had “it” and miserably, in a few cases insultingly failed.
I do not expect anyone to be singing Greta Keller but Greta Keller herself.
As the title suggests, the audience of one is Helen Mirren, and the millions are any viewers interested in either Greta Keller or Helen Mirren, and of whom some, perhaps, quoting a caption from the trailer …
In case you know someone who knows someone who knows Helen Mirren, and who can help get this gem of a motion picture project to her past the usual stone walls …
Because if Helen Mirren
were to see this trailer, I firmly believe
|LIKE TWINS, TWO GENERATIONS APART|
|A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN|
|WHY A WEBSITE AND A YOUTUBE VIDEO?|
|When, in the early 1980’s, the renowned New York literary agent Jay Garon, a man reputed to have “a nose for talent” and who was my agent at the time, introduced the first completed draft of my autobiographical novel about the years I shared with Greta Keller at a Hollywood party he was giving for his top authors (household names such as John Grisham, James Herlihy), he did so with words to the effect that all others present “would give their first-born to have this story”.|
|However, Jay suddenly died a few years later and I ended up being not the only one without luck to get along with his successors. And today, if I call an agent to represent me, I do not get past the receptionist. If you’re not an agent or a lawyer, agents or lawyers will not talk to you. If you send any material to any of them, it is returned to you as “unsolicited material” if you’re lucky. I’m not faulting their protectiveness as such or that agents want money and power, but I’m also at a loss as how to get script material like mine to someone who can connect to it on a personal level.|
|EXACTLY FORTY YEARS AGO|
|The music you hear
in this "teaser" is, of course, Greta Keller.
First, before Greta begins to sing, you hear Harpo Marx playing the introduction to his “Guardian Angels”. The songs, just listed in sequence, are:
The exact source – orchestra, date, etc. – cannot always be determined because a kind of bot “business” has taken to “acquiring” these recordings from the public (or not so public) domain and then “providing” them on youtube or itunes or elsewhere for money, either charging for them or “monetizing” the clips. I personally find the practice distasteful – to be polite.
|UNPARALLELED SCOPE OF WORK|
|Continuing to address the question why are there no Viennese songs (Greta Keller was considered “Vienna’s Musical Ambassador to the World” and exercised that role with travels to all continents except Australia.), why are there no French songs and why is there no “Thanks for the Memories”, etc.. There aren’t because I set out to create a story, a little arch. There is another reason. No one in history has had the repertoire, the huge repertoire that Greta had. There is no one who recorded as much over the decades of her career. She was active for 50 years, roughly, actually more than that, but even if you “only” consider her recordings from the mid 20’s to the late 70’s, she was always up to date, always curious to do something new. She recorded her last new song two months before she died. So, that makes for a pretty expansive repertoire, a rather unparalleled scope of artistry. That doesn’t fit into ten minutes, and to try it would do her injustice. Furthermore, that’s not the purpose. This little video wants to just open the door, provide a glimpse into where two geniuses can meet, come together, across a span of more than 40 years.|
|to be continued . . .|
|... image gallery to follow soon|