LITERATURE INTO FILM

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(FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT, ADAPTED FROM) THE BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED (1922)
(FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT, ADAPTED FROM) THE BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED (1922) $450.00 SOLD

Borderless vintage original 9 1/2 x 7 1/2” photo, fine.

Fitzgerald’s career took off immediately after Scribners’ very successful launch in 1920 of his first novel, THIS SIDE OF PARADISE.  He was also writing numerous short stories, which were finding ready publication in various mainstream magazines.  As a result, Hollywood immediately beckoned, and three films were produced in 1920 and 1921, all adapted from Fitzgerald stories: THE CHORUS GIRL’S ROMANCE and THE HUSBAND HUNTER, both 1920; and THE OFF-SHORE PIRATE, 1921. ...

ANNA MAGNANI / THE FUGITIVE KIND (1960)
ANNA MAGNANI / THE FUGITIVE KIND (1960) $1,000.00 SOLD

Four (4) vintage original double weight photos, USA (three 10 x 13" [25 x 33 cm.] glossy photos, one 11 x 14" [28 x 36 cm.] matte finish photo). Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, dir: Sidney Lumet. Four portraits of the tempestuous Magnani -- and one is of her with Woodward. For this film, Williams adapted his play Orpheus Descending, and he wrote the adapted screenplay with Meade Roberts. One photo has the stamp on verso of the production company with credit: "Still photo by" NEAR FINE.

BETTE DAVIS IN THE LETTER PRESSBOOK (1940)
BETTE DAVIS IN THE LETTER PRESSBOOK (1940) $750.00 SOLD

Vintage original 17 x 11" (43 x 28 cm.) pressbook, USA. Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, dir: William Wyler; Warner Brothers. Folio, pictorial wrappers, 16 pp. Devastating adaptation from classic W. Somerset Maugham fiction, and often cited as one of the earliest specimens of film noir. A genuinely rare pressbook, the only one which I have ever encountered. Folded as issued, with light wear at spine and at edges, VERY GOOD+.

BODY SNATCHER, THE/BORIS KARLOFF (1945)
BODY SNATCHER, THE/BORIS KARLOFF (1945) $6,000.00 SOLD

Vintage original 27 x 41” (68 x 103 cm.) one sheet poster, USA.  Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, dir: Robert Wise; RKO.A classic Val Lewton production, adapted from a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson.  This was to be Robert Wise’s third film as director, all under the auspices of ambitious and creative producer Val Lewton.  The film got some very striking poster art, including this dramatic poster, which is seldom seen. Poster is on linen.  Touch ups at folds and fold junctions. White paint is present at all four corners of the blank white...

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958)
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958) $1,400.00 SOLD

Vintage original 30 x 40" (75 x 100 cm.) quad poster, UK. Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Judith Anderson, Madeleine Sherwood, dir: Richard Brooks; MGM.

The highly adult filming of Tennessee Williams' work was paramount in the loosening of the strict censorship code in film making, as were all films of Williams' work during this period. It was an actor's film, with each star perfectly cast to their role. If there were any question of it, Elizabeth Taylor was now grown up and a fine actress in her mature roles. It is difficult to think of anyone else as Maggie...

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (1935)
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (1935) $200.00 SOLD

Vintage original 10 x 8" (25 x 20 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Peter Lorre, Edward Arnold, Marian Marsh, Tala Birell, dir: Josef von Sternberg, Columbia. Wonderfully atmospheric character portrait of Peter Lorre as Raskolnikov in this Joseph von Sternberg-directed version of the Dostoyevsky novel. The script updated the story to reflect the bleak years of the Depression. Sternberg was contractually obligated to make the film and he disliked it. Though made on a B-movie budget, it proved to be greatly atmospheric and entertaining.

This portrait of Lorre is coded @C.O Corp. Peter Lorre -46....

DARK PASSAGE (1947)
DARK PASSAGE (1947) $2,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 41 x 27" (103 x 68 cm.) one sheet poster, USA. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead, Bruce Bennett, Tom d'Andrea; dir.: Delmer Daves. A much darker journey into the film noir realm for Bogart and Bacall than their early, wildly successful BIG SLEEP, this time from a lurid David Goodis novel of a man (Bogart) wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife, rescued by a concerned courtroom spectator (Bacall) and who must change his notorious face through back-door plastic surgery in order to find the real killer. One of the truly great films of this now-revered...

DARK PASSAGE (1947)
DARK PASSAGE (1947) $0.00 SOLD

Vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead, Bruce Bennett, Tom d'Andrea; dir.: Delmer Daves. A much darker journey into the film noir realm for Bogart and Bacall than their early, wildly successful The Big Sleep, this time from a lurid David Goodis novel.

A man (Bogart) wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife is rescued by a concerned courtroom spectator (Bacall) and who must change his notorious face through back-door plastic surgery in order to find the real killer. One of the...

DOMANDA DI GRAZIA [OBSESSION] (1954)
DOMANDA DI GRAZIA [OBSESSION] (1954) $1,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 54 x 74" (139 x 188 cm.) quattro foglio poster, Italy. Michèle Morgan, Raf Vallone, Marthe Mercadier, Jean Gaven, dir: Jean Delannoy; CEIAP.

An absolutely stunning portrait of the great film actress Michèle Morgan by artist Anselmo Ballester. A film noir-style based on the short story Silent as a Grave by Cornell Woolrich, and perhaps the best filmed version of this story. This version was set in a Parisian circus and told the story of how a woman attempts to save her husband, who is sentenced to death. French star Morgan enjoyed a successful run in Hollywood films during...

DUELLISTS, THE (1977)
DUELLISTS, THE (1977) $250.00 SOLD

Vintage original press kit, printed folder, 4 to, 11 x 9" (28 x 23 cm.), with twelve (12) 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) photos with printed snipes attached on back, 25,3,5,4,2,8,4 pp., USA. Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, dir: Ridley Scott; Paramount. Ridley Scott's first feature film, adapted from Joseph Conrad's story "The Duel". Extremely scarce, NEAR FINE.

EAST OF EDEN (1955)
EAST OF EDEN (1955) $300.00 SOLD

Vintage original 8 x 11" (20 x 28") double weight keybook photo,, USA. James Dean, Julie Harris, dir: Elia Kazan; Warner Brothers. Still coded -810-Pub. H is an intense photo of Dean, Harris, and Kazan rehearsing. Kazan put huge amounts of time into working with all the actors on this film. This was Dean's first major film role (before, he had had a few uncredited walk-on appearances only).

With punch holes in left blank margin, as was normal, and typed info on verso, FINE.

-jamesdean -eliakazan -johnsteinbeck -steinbeck -EastOfEden

EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987) Revised 4th Draft Screenplay by Tom Stoppard
EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987) Revised 4th Draft Screenplay by Tom Stoppard $1,250.00 SOLD

[Np]: Amblin Entertainment, 2 February 1987. [1],160 leaves. Quarto. Mechanically-reproduced typescript, printed on rectos only. Clasp-bound in generic binder. Each leaf is watermarked by production company Amblin with their characteristic stamping in red with the script number, overall just ABOUT FINE.

Denoted a "shooting script" of Tom Stoppard's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's award-winning book, for which he received sole screen credit. Shooting ended in early June, and the December 1987 release was directed by Steven Spielberg, starred Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, et al, and received six Academy Award nominations.

This is often considered one of Spielberg's most...

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