The Making Of The Thorn Birds

The Making Of The Thorn Birds

by Daniel Cooper
The Making Of The Thorn Birds

The Making Of The Thorn Birds

by Daniel Cooper

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The Thorn Birds is a love story at its center, and at the center of the love story is the forbidden desire that is the thorn in the breasts of the central characters.

The love between Father Ralph de Bricassart and Meggie Cleary is a passion that builds over the span of many years. Father Ralph wants above all else to be a perfect priest; to offer to God his perfect love. Meggie Cleary hates God, because she loves and longs to possess Father de Bricassart.

It was inevitable that Hollywood would leap to turn The Thorn Birds into a movie. Robert Redford, then at his box office peak, was asked to play Father Ralph. But after years of writing and rewriting, the movie was abandoned.

Instead, The Thorn Birds was made as a TV miniseries, produced by Warner Bros. for ABC. Many of us have seen The Thorn Birds; those who have seen it see it more than once. When The Thorn Birds first aired in 1983, its ratings were astronomical. Incredibly, one airline showed it during flights on the evenings it was broadcast so that no one would miss an episode. It was ten hours long, spread over five nights.

This is the story of the making of The Thorn Birds, told by the brilliant Hollywood giants who made it. Interviewed are the director, screenwriter, executive producer, producer, cinematographer, costumers and more.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011869709
Publisher: Dan Cooper Media Strategies
Publication date: 11/21/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Mr. Cooper has an extraordinary range of experience in the television and film industries. He co-created the Fox News Channel and played a central role in the creation of "20/20". He has produced hundreds of hours of live television, and worked directly with Rupert Murdoch and extensively with the legendary president of ABC News and Sports Roone Arledge. Mr. Cooper is a three time Emmy winner.

While still in his early 20's, Mr. Cooper directed the first music videos produced by Warner Bros. records and produced TV news' first coverage of pop music and the counter-culture. At 30, he created the now-ubiquitous TV news concept "team coverage".
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