'A deliberate historical parable. Prater Violet resembles episodes in
Goodbye to Berlin and keeps up the same high level of excellence' - Edmund
Wilson An impatient phone call from the temperamental Austrian director,
Friedrich Bergmann, introduces a young Christopher Isherwood to the film
industry. Isherwood's job is to rescue the script of an idiotic love story
set in nineteenth-century Vienna, a film called Prater Violet. In the real
Vienna of 1934 the Austrian Right crushes a socialist uprising. Bergmann is
distraught and his prophecy of the coming war goes unheeded. As tensions on
set grow, studio intrigues and competing egos threaten to derail the whole

Christopher Isherwood—Prater Violet

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