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'The Immigrant': James Gray on Puccini and other opera influences
'The Immigrant': James Gray on Puccini and other opera influences

James Gray recalled attending a performance at Los Angeles Opera that would eventually inspire him to make his latest movie, "The Immigrant," which opens Friday and stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. It was 2008 and the production was "Il Trittico" -- a set of three short operas by Giacomo Puccini -- at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Gray remembered being particularly struck by the second one, "Suor Angelica," directed by William Friedkin. "I just felt that it was transcendent. I remember I was just crying," Gray said in a recent interview in Beverly Hills. "I said to my wife on the way home that this to me is what...

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