Grosse Pointe Productions is an aesthetic revival of the spirit of classic film making, in which literary depth and arresting imagery rather than a freakish and vulgar assault on the senses is the dominant motivation behind .the creation of these works. Inspired by the hometown that has long arrested the imagination of its founder, this production company is at work on a first film, The Habsburg Manifesto: How Modern Democracy Ruined My Life and How I Got Revenge. Written in a baroque library in Vienna, Austria and several ruined castles along the Austrian countryside, it is a thoroughly American story about the meaning of Time, and the real definition of past and present. Its model is My Dinner with Andre, its standard A Man For All Seasons.
To the left is Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein, where I was a guest on a half-dozen occasions to write about and eventually be offered to work for the head of the family that owns this 12th century storybook perch. The epic saga of that family's history, particularly in the 20th century, furnished the philosophy behind the film narrative, as transplanted in an American context--two completely different worlds sharing universal principles.