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In a remote village in Eastern Europe, around 1900, the young Motl Mendl is entranced by the flickering silent images on his father’s cinematograph. Bankrolled by Jacob, the ebullient local timber merchant, and inspired by Anna, the girl sent to help him make moving pictures of their village, he stumbles on a revolutionary way of story-telling. Forty years on, Motl — now a famed American film director—looks back on his early life and confronts the cost of fulfilling his dreams. How had a twenty-two-year–old pretentious layabout made a discovery that would elude every other cinematic pioneer for years to come?

A funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood’s golden age. 



Cast : 9M, 4F (1 boy ; doubling required)

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-247-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB

Author

Nicholas Wright's previous plays include the acclaimed National Theatre adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Mrs Klein, Rattigan’s Nijinsky, The Reporter and Vincent In Brixton, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2003. His most recent play was The Last of the Duchess for Hampstead Theatre directed by Richard Eyre. All of his plays are published by Nick Hern Books.

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