* 17th century intrigue *
Women in puffy wire-frame dresses and men in waistcoats transformed a
Toronto landscape into a 17th century English garden for An Intrigue of
A short comedy produced by Paul Anthony Davis, who codirected with
Wayne Craig, the $8,000 production was adapted from Sir George
Etherege's play Man of Mode and was shot over two days by dop Mike
Funding came from the National Film Board's Financial Assistance Program
The project had its genesis about a year ago when fight director Costa
Kamateros approached Davis with the idea to make a film in which he could
demonstrate his choreography in a rapier and dagger fight scene.
Over 300 actors from Ontario and Quebec sent in submissions for the
Playing the lead is. Canadian talent Michael Mahonen (Road to
Avonlea) as Dorimant, who performs an intricate 110-move duel, Karyn
Dwyer (Better Than Chocolate) as Lady Emilia and Ellen Ray Hennessey
(Mercy) as Lady Townley. Paul Lampert is Mr. Medley and Kent Staines
(Poor Super Man) sports "one of the tallest periwigs in Canada" for his role
as the flamboyant Sir Fopling Flutter.
While shooting on what turned out to be one of the hottest weekends of
year had the talent cooking in their costumes, the challenge for the directors
was capturing 15 pages of heavy dialogue and a two-minute sword fight in
Davis has been working as a production manager/ad on a documentary
about heroin with Imported Artists commercial director Richard D'Alessio.
An Intrigue of Manners is his first film involving heavy dialogue.
* Sir George Etherege "A
Man of Mode" ... to read the entire text of the play click
then scroll down to authors name & title, click.
(June 14, 1999)
An Intrigue of Manners
A short restoration comedic drama set in England's 17th
Century. Loosely adapted from from Sir George Etherege's
restoration comedy "Man of Mode" , "An Intrigue" revolves
around the grandeur lives and sexual innuendos of the upper
classes of England. Our Protagonist, and reknowned womanizer,
Dorimant (Michael Mahonen) is in pursuit of the fair Lady Emilia
(Karyn Dwyer). Through his scheming, Dorimant learns that "a certain
Sir Fopling Flutter has recently arrived from Paris",the en vogue
city of the arts and high fashion, and has "certain designs on the
fair Emilia..". Determined to be deemed the more favorable in the
lady Emilia's eyes, Dorimant hatches a devilish plan to outwit the
extravagant fop (Kent Staines).