Directed by John Charles Jopson
Keith Carradine, an American actor, is best known for his roles as Tom Frank in Robert Altman’s Nashville, Wild Bill Hickok in the HBO series Deadwood, FBI agent Frank Lundy in Dexter and Lou Solverson in Fargo. He is also a Golden Globe and Academy award winning songwriter. As a member of the Carradine family, he is part of an acting dynasty that began with his father, John Carradine.
Keith joins us for An Evening with Keith Carradine and the World Premiere of his latest film Terroir. Carradine plays wealthy connoisseur Jonathan Bragg who searches the countryside for a mysterious wine. Before the film, Keith will chat informally with the audience and sing his Oscar winning song “I’m Easy” from Nashville.
EARTH. AIR. WATER. FIRE. Wealthy connoisseur Jonathan Bragg (Keith Carradine) hires Victor Borgo (Gaetano Guarino), a wine expert with a sixth sense, to search the Tuscan countryside for the source of a mysterious and extraordinary wine, the “Oroboros.” Borgo quickly discovers that the wine is made by an earth-worshiping cult led by a fanatical enologist named Fosco (Fabio Marini). Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” Terroir explores Poe’s themes of Masonic ritual, mysticism, the arrogance of connoisseurship, and revenge. Filmed in some of Tuscany’s most scenic wine estates Terroir features authentic wine-making traditions, sensual cinematography, and occult rituals derived from the secret rites of real-life erotic cults. The film is laced with authentic wine lore thanks to some of Tuscany’s finest winemakers including Salvatore Ferragamo who are in this luscious drama.
Keith joins the audience after the film for a blind tasting of a DRW wine. What is its secret?
Bring a low back chair or blanket and join hundreds on the lawn. Nights are cool. Bring a jacket. Wines sold by the glass.
Food from Sonoma’s Favorite Taco Truck Lonchera Emely available for purchase.
Thoughts on the Startlingly Original TERROIR
My hope is that, when it is released, reviewers and scholars will recognize that John Charles Jopson’s adaptation of “The Cask of Amontillado” is one of the most effective films based on a Poe tale ever made.
In addition to creating a startlingly original updating of “The Cask of Amontillado,” one of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known and most beloved stories, Jopson’s Terroir achieves something extremely rare. He has made a film that captures the essence of its source material. Since the early 1900s, hundreds of motion pictures have been made based on the tales of Poe, that most visual of literary artists, but few, if any, have done justice to the writer’s work.
Stunningly beautiful in several places, with gorgeous shots of its Tuscan setting, Terroir evokes “The Cask of Amontillado” both explicitly and subtly, which should delight Poe fans. Speaking in voice-over at times, Bragg, the Montresor character (played by a terrific Keith Carradine), succeeds in leading Borgo, the Fortunato
character, to his doom. He accomplishes this by exploiting his victim’s weak point (wine connoisseurship), even mentioning Luchesi at times to do so. Like Poe’s story, the film deftly uses masonic symbols, Latin phrases, a coat of arms, and a family
President of the Poe Studies Association,
Poe Studies Association
Screenwriter: Gaetano Guarino, John Charles Jopson, Caroline Zimmermann
Executive Producer: Keith Carradine, Barbara Chiodo, Carlo Dusi
Music: Stanley Gabriel , Christian Henson
Cinematography: John Charles Jopson
Editor: Grit Meyer
Cast: Keith Carradine, Gaetano Guarino, Fabio Marini