From Budapest to Berlin, from Hollywood to Anfield... film shows You'll Never Walk Alone.
Byline: ANDY KELLY Liverpool FC Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @AndyK_LivNews
IT may be the most iconic football song of all time.
But you probably feel you know all you need to know about You'll Never Walk Alone.
Rodgers and Hammerstein, Carousel, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Kop, the world... right? Wrong. In fact there's a lot more to the famous Liverpool anthem than meets the eye.
So much so that the song is the subject of a new film, which will premiere tomorrow in Liverpool to open the Liverpool Independent Film Festival.
Behind the enterprise are German director Andre Schaefer, writer Hartmut Kasper and producer Jascha Hannover, and the 95-minute documentary is in German with English subtitles.
Jurgen Klopp is among those who contribute to the film, with You'll Never Walk Alone not just the Liverpool anthem but that of his previous two clubs in Mainz and Borussia Dortmund as well.
Voice of Anfield George Sephton is another contributor as well as Hillsborough campaigners Adrian Tempany and Damian Kavanagh.
While tens of thousands of football supporters sing the song every weekend, the filmmakers look to reveal the untold story of the song's origin.
The film's promotion states: "Who would know that the roots of the tune go back to Budapest in the year 1909 - to a young playwright and a stage play called Liliom? We will re-experience the journey the song took from here on, and with it enter a number of different worlds: The sophisticated and artistic social circle of the Habsburg empire, the flamboyance of Berlin in the 1920s, the high-gloss of Hollywood of the 40s and 50s, working-class Liverpool in the 60s - and global football fan culture."
The likes of Jacques d'Amboise, Fritz Lang and Brian Epstein all play minor roles in the history of You'll Never Walk Alone, a song which the ikes of Roy Orbison, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash have all recorded among many others.
The film is described as a huge collaboration - an Austro-Hungarian-German-USAmerican-British co-production, "that reflects more then a century of cultural history".
| You can see the documentary at FACT this Friday night (Nov 10) at 8.50pm.
Tickets are priced PS12.20 or PS10.20 for members.
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Nov 9, 2017|
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