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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

The Scenic Route

Fortnight 1978, Feature film, 1h16


Two sisters. And the man who is caught between them. Love, jealousy and revenge. All the standards components of melodrama – but a very « dry » melodrama. Expactations are thwarted and rechanneled. Instead of explanations and motivations, visual counterparts are offered. The film slides back and forth between passion and an irony which redirects it but doesn’t dilute it. A film about myths and mythmaking, about the Madame Bovary in each of uns, about delusions and romance in a fragile world where violence erupts randomly and unexpectedly. The film was made very cheaply in and around New York where violence is a way of life and everyone always talks of going away. Mark RAPPAPORT


Mark Rappaport

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Mark Rappaport studied literature in Brooklyn College where he graduated in 1964. He worked then as an editor on numerous films and directed nine short films before his first long feature, « Mozart in Love » (1975).

Kevin Wade
Marilyn Jones
Randy Danson

Mark Rappaport

Fred Murphy

Mark Rappaport

Production : Mark Rappaport (New York)