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A true story of politics and art in the 1930s U.S., focusing on a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.
"Mark the Music" is the title of a 1989 biography of Marc Blitzstein by Eric A. Gordon (St. Martin's Press, New York). Gordon says that the talented musician and composer was openly gay. After World War II, in which he served, Blitzstein lived for a time with a bisexual Army buddy. He was married for a short time to author Eva Goldbeck (1901-1936). In 1964, Blitzstein was murdered by three sailors he picked up in a bar in Martinique. He was 58 years old.
I've always said the play would be better on a bare stage.
Orson Welles: Actually, Hallie said that.
John Houseman: No, I said it first.
Orson Welles: No you didn't.
John Houseman: Yes I did.
Orson Welles: No, you didn't!
John Houseman: Yes, I did!
Orson Welles: No, you DIDN'T!
John Houseman: Yes, I BLOODY WELL DID!
Orson Welles: Oh, *fine*, Jack! You win, you've got the ...
John Houseman: ...
When Tommy Crickshaw and Hazel Huffman are discussing communism, the camera shot from behind Crickshaw shows his hand in a fist, cut to the next shot facing him, his hand is stretched out.
There is a heart in the credit roll with the following initials inside; SS, EMLA, JHR & MGR (SS is likely 'Susan Sarandon,' EMLA for Sarandon's daughter Eva Amurri, JHR & MGR for Robbins' & Sarandon's sons Jack Henry & Miles Robbins).
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