Quote of the day: King Zog Shot Back!
“I might have known: every time I try to see The Magic Flute, something happens! I have yet to get a peek at the third act. Last time, King Zog lost Albania right in the middle of the opening aria!”
~ newsman Walter Abel in ARISE MY LOVE.
Directed by Mitchell Leisen.
Screenplay by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett.
The beautifully-named Albanian monarch is the only world leader in history to have responded to an assassination attempt by drawing his own pistol and blasting away at his assailant, a noteworthy fact commemorated in Nicholas Roeg’s installment of the operatic compendium film ARIA — which makes the connection between Zog and opera two-fold.