This movie consisted of ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner), and is an interpretation of the particular aria.
The first segnment – set against Verdi’s ‘Un ballo in maschera’ – is based on the attempted assassination of King Zog of Albania (Theresa Russell) whilst he was visiting the Vienna State Opera house for a performance of Pagliacci in February 1931. The attempt failed because Zog fired back – the only occasion in modern history when a Head of State has personally exchanged fire with potential assassins. No doubt he was better prepared than the average head of state as he is reputed to have survived over fifty-five assassination attempts between 1928 and 1939.
Jenny Shircore and Anni Buchanan were the makeup artists.