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The Key to Reserva

The Key to Reserva
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Produced by Marjie Abrahams
Jules Daly
Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Written by Ted Griffin
Starring Martin Scorsese
Simon Baker
Ted Griffin
Kelli O'Hara
Music by Ralph Farris
Cinematography Harris Savides
Edited by Thelma Schoonmaker
Release dates
December 14th, 2007
Running time
10 minutes
Country Spain
Language English

The Key to Reserva is a 2007 short film or long-form advertisement for Freixenet Cava champagne starring, written and directed by Martin Scorsese.


The film begins with framing device, wherein Scorsese, playing himself, describing how he discovered three and a half pages of an unproduced Hitchcock film, "The Key to Reserva". As part of this film preservation work he plans to film the script as Hitchcock would have filmed it.

The film, which contains no dialogue, shows Roger Thornberry (Simon Baker) arriving at a box seat during an orchestra performance. He sees a key hidden with the box's light bulb, and goes to retrieve it. He is noticed by one of the performers, Leonard, who signals to his accomplice Louis Bernard, who is holding Roger's wife Grace hostage in the audience. Leonard then goes to stop Roger. The two fight and Leonard falls from the box seat, presumably to his death. Roger uses the key to open a locked case which contains a bottle of Freixenet with top secret files hidden inside.

The film abruptly stops, as Scorsese explains that a page is missing, so he simply filmed the concluding paragraph of the script which shows Louis Bernard arrested, as Roger and his wife reunite over a glass of Freixenet.

Scorsese then discusses with the interviewer possible future projects. The camera pans back to reveal Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker, and the interviewer in an office in a tower block, meanwhile crows flock around the building.


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