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Article Date: November 7, 2004 | Publication: Capri Hollywood | Author: Press Release
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Capri, Italy 11/7/2004 – ‘Capri, Hollywood ‘04’ ( From December 27 through December 31’04 ) will honor the legendary English composer Andrew Lloyd Weber with a special screening of his new film “The Phantom of the Opera,” which will be seen slightly before on Christmas day on screens throughout the world. The evening of the screening will include the musical, directed by Joel Schumacher and distributed by 01 Distribution (Rai Cinema), in its original form in the presence of its star: Scotland’s Gerard Butler (35 years old), the new favorite of female audiences throughout the world, whose appeal in the film is accented by his excellent singing abilities.

The tribute to Webber will continue throughout the festival (co-produced by the Capri in the World Institute, the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities, and the BNL – from December 27 to January 2 – during different segments of the event, with the soundtracks of his most famous musicals (such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and Cats), carrying throughout the picturesque streets of the blue island.

Webber, who has the distinction of 125 million records sold, 15 theatrical hits, and Oscar recognition (through Alan Parker’s film of ‘Evita’) during his 30 year career, is considered the father of the modern musical. To be more specific, ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ adapted from the book by Gaston Leroux, is the story of a disfigured individual who, while living a clandestine existence beneath an opera house in Paris during the 18th century, falls in love with young opera singer, Christine, who is portrayed in the film by Emmy Rossum.

The film is scripted and directed by Joel Schumacher, the eclectic director whose career has crossed through many genres, with films such as The Lost Boys, Flatliners, The Client, Batman Forever, Phone Booth and Veronica Guerin.

Gerard Butler, the film’s star (who has previously co-starred with Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider 2 – The Cradle of Life), has just finished working in front of camera crews for his role in Beowulf & Grendel, an opera adapted from the epic English poem that has influenced the work of many English authors, such as Lord of the Rings scribe J.R.R. Tolkien. The special effects and elaborate scenes of this original production will be presented by Butler and the film’s director, Sturla Gunnarsson, through a premiere at Capri, Hollywood.

The ninth edition of the international festival at the year’s end will be opened with the Italian premiere of Lina Wertmuller’s latest film, ‘Too Much Romance…It’s Time for Stuffed Peppers,” which includes the extraordinary pairing of Sophia Loren and F. Murray Abraham.

Other scheduled events include: premieres of 2005 films, public screenings of the best Italian productions of 2004, international meetings on points of discussion in the world of cinema, the presentation of the Capri Awards and, on December 29, the presentation of the Third Tirelli Prize to the best costume designer of the season (to be awarded this year to the Italian Maurizio Millenotti for Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion’).

‘Capri, Hollywood ‘04’ is produced through the patronage of the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities, the region of Campania, the Chamber of Commerce of Naples united with the City of Capri and the Community of Anacapri.

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