Rhapsodizing over pic titles
With several hundred thousand copies of Joe Eszterhas’ novel “American Rhapsody” waiting to hit book stores July 18 via Knopf, Paramount Classics is beginning to discuss potential titles for Eva Gardos’ writing and directing debut, which the company recently committed to distribute. The current title of the film: “American Rhapsody.”
A source close to the studio said that in a marketing meeting the studio conceded the title will need to be changed.
Apart from the fact that both the film and the book were written by Hungarian-Americans, the subject matter is radically different. Gardos’ work is the true story of her escape from Communist Hungary to the U.S.
Eszterhas’ book is said to be a study of the American moral psyche, replete with ample reference to well-known Hollywood figures such as Warren Beatty, and reportedly featuring a chapter told from the point of view of President Clinton’s penis.