How do you make a movie about a nineteenth century Italian woman who was born into abject poverty and yet turned an art form on its head only to be recognized all over the world as the greatest actress of all time? Making a movie about Eleonora Duse is humbling.
This film is done in layers, like a painting following its own path... much like she did.
Even at it's onset a work in progress of Touched by Duse was screened (before it was even officially in production)...at the Dante Alighieri Society in Cambridge. Later on, it screened for exclusive soirees, like at the National Arts Club and for William Esper Studio as well as for a master film class at New York University. The latest rough cut was shown at the legendary Players Club in New York City. The more we delved into her life, the more people coming forward and so each ending is a new beginning. We are slated for completion in 2017
Touched by Duse was screened in separate evolutions in rough cut at:
The Dante Alighieri Society in Cambridge,
William Esper Acting Studio,
Kanbar Instititute of Film & Television at NYU Tish School of the Arts
The National Arts Club
and just recently at legendary Players Club in New York City.