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Yellow signs on Fairfield telephone poles read “Rybernia Crew Parking” or “Rybernia Base Camp.” The signs do not point to a little-known part of town or a secluded quarter, but to the location of a film production.

While it’s no secret that Connecticut has served as the backdrop for many Christmas movies and Netflix productions, according to Mark Barnhart, the city’s ward manager, Fairfield was the last location used for the upcoming film Maestro Economic Development. The Netflix film stars Bradley Cooper as music composer Leonard Bernstein in a biographical film based on the composer’s life; Cooper also serves as the film’s director.

Barnhart said in an email that the film is being shot at a private home on Dunham Road and should be ready tomorrow. According to film industry website Backstage, the production was recently filmed in New York City and the Berkshires area of ​​Massachusetts.

In Fairfield, however, a Reddit user noticed signs with the name “Rybernia” as the production’s codename.

According to the Jewish news agency Forward, the term refers to the apparent “childhood kingdom” created by the composer as a child, which had “its own Yiddish-influenced language and customs” as well as a national anthem. The term “Rybernia” was mentioned in Jim Whiting’s biography The Life and Times of Leonard Bernstein as a term the composer coined at the age of 10, according to Forward. The word is “a combination of his last name and that of his neighbor Eddie Ryack,” who was the “co-consuls of this exclusive nation,” Forward noted.

Bernstein’s younger siblings also attended Rybernia, according to Forward; In Allen Shawn’s “Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician,” he notes that the influence of the make-believe showed how they “expressed their Americanism and their independence from their immigrant parents by speaking ‘Rybernian’ as a private code that they maintained throughout their lives. ”


According to IMDb, the film will tell the story of “Leonard and Felicia from the moment they met at a party in 1946 and progressed through two engagements, a 25-year marriage and three children.” While Cooper will portray Bernstein, The Great Gatsby actress Carey Mulligan will star as Felicia and Stranger Things actress Maya Hawke will play daughter Jamie Bernstein. IMDb is currently marking the film as in post-production, and Variety is reporting that the film will be released in 2023.

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