Work on the first Soviet-United States feature film co-production, "The Blue Bird," is progressing in Leningrad.
SV ZOOM TO Clapper board: "The Blue Bird"
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Cameraman filming
GV Special set for scene, people in costume
SV George Cukor, director, pointing
SV Children throw snowballs (2 shots)
GV Horse-drawn coach arriving on set
CU Cukor speaking
SV Horse-drawn coach through snow
SV INT Jane Fonda with newsmen
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 7: "CUKOR: It's a different thing, working in other countries, but I like it very much. You must believe me, it's a very beautiful city, Leningrad. It's wonderful, it's beautiful."
SEQ. 9: REPORTER: "Are you tired from your work?"
MISS FONDA: "No. I had a short role. I only was working for a month. And as an artist, of course, I think that cultural relations between two countries such as ours is one of the best ways to weave the links to create more understanding between the Soviet Union and America, so I hope there will be many other co-productions."
Initials BB/1620 PS/AW/BB/1635
This film contains interviews with director George Cukor and actress Jane Fonda.
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Background: Work on the first Soviet-United States feature film co-production, "The Blue Bird," is progressing in Leningrad.
Adapted from the allegorical stage fantasy by Maurice Maeterlinck, the film features an all-star cast assembled from both countries, including the American actresses Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner and Cicely Tyson and such Soviet performers as the Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Maya Plisetskaya, the Bolshoi's Alexander Godunov and the Moscow Circus clown Oleg Popov.
The film is being directed by the veteran of Hollywood musical comedies, George Cukor, and produced by Edward Lewis. The screenplay is by Alexei Kapler and Hugh Whitemore and the music by Andrei Patrov and Irwin Kostal.
Lending the production an even more international flavour are such British performers as Mona Washbourne, Richard Pearson and Max Wall.
"The Blue Bird" is scheduled for release next Christmas.