MOVIE SCRIPTS & RARE BOOKS

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BEATLES, THE / A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964)
BEATLES, THE / A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964) $0.00 SOLD

Vintage original 10 x 8" (27 x 21 cm.) program, USA. Program Publishing Company: New York, [19634]. Profuse with an elaborate montage of images from this classic first Beatles feature movie, directed by Richard Lester. Pictorial wrappers, 12 pp., slight rubbing to covers, NEAR FINE in NEAR FINE wrapper.

BEETLEJUICE (1988) Second draft script by Warren Skaaren, Michael McDowell, Feb. 3, 1987
BEETLEJUICE (1988) Second draft script by Warren Skaaren, Michael McDowell, Feb. 3, 1987 $550.00 SOLD

(Original vintage screenplay for the 1988 film) Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1987. Second Draft Script for the 1988 film, with blue revision leaves.

Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by...

BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999) Fourth draft script by Charlie Kaufman, 1/22/98
BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999) Fourth draft script by Charlie Kaufman, 1/22/98 $450.00 SOLD

Printed studio wrappers, brad-bound, studio-generated mechanically produced script printed on rectos only, 108 pp. (with numerous pages of revisions on different colors of papers and with various dates up through July, 1998). With a two page call sheet and two pages of faxes (concerning roles being cast for this film) laid-in. A little bit of smudging to wrappers, a bit of creasing to script, some wear to the two pages of faxes, overall just about fine in near fine wrappers. With the name and address of an actor who played the role of "Sad Man" written on front wrapper, and...

BETTE DAVIS IN STORM CENTER [ART BY SAUL BASS] PRESSBOOK (1956)
BETTE DAVIS IN STORM CENTER [ART BY SAUL BASS] PRESSBOOK (1956) $375.00 SOLD

Vintage original 12 x 16” (30 x 40 cm.) pressbook, 16 pages, USA.  Bette Davis, Brian Keith, Kim Hunter, Paul Kelly, dir: Daniel Taradash; Columbia.  Saul Bass presented a unique ad campaign for this superb mature drama, which was a very apropos story at the time (and still very relevant in today’s political climate) about a small-town librarian who is branded as a communist by the local politicians, and thus, the townspeople when she will not withdraw a controversial book from the library’s shelves. The film was perfectly crafted in...

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+.

BLACK SABBATH [I TRE VOLTI DELLA PAURA] [THE THREE FACES OF FEAR] (1963) [Italian promotional book]
BLACK SABBATH [I TRE VOLTI DELLA PAURA] [THE THREE FACES OF FEAR] (1963) [Italian promotional book] $450.00 SOLD

Square folio, 12 ½ x 12 ½” (32 x 32 cm.), 12 pp., the book has one vertical crease near its center, there is one small scribbled arrow in pencil in a blank area and a few small marks on back outer wrapper, overall vg+.

Mario Bava’s horror classic, which starred Boris Karloff in its initial segment, THE WURDALAK, as well as Mark Damon, Susy Andersen, Michele Mercier, and Lidia Alfonsi, based on short stories by Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Maupassant.    This book has text in four languages (Italian, German, French, and English).  The film was...

BLADE RUNNER (1982) Vintage original presskit
BLADE RUNNER (1982) Vintage original presskit $750.00 SOLD

Printed folder, 12 x 9” (30 x 23 cm.),  18 supplements, 9, 20, 4, 2, 4, 2, 3, ,3, 2, 3, 5, 2, 6, 2, 3, 3, 2 pp. (78 pp. in all, stapled together), with 21 photos, which vary from 6 ¼ x 10” (16 x 26 cm.) to 7 ¾ x 10” (20 x 26 cm.), includes the original printed studio envelope in which the presskit was mailed (folded once).  Just about fine.

Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, dir: Ridley Scott; Warner...

BLADE RUNNER [SCRIPT] December 22, 1980
BLADE RUNNER [SCRIPT] December 22, 1980 $3,500.00 SOLD

4to, printed wrappers, brad bound, there is some damp staining, resulting in light rippling to preliminary pages, 142 leaves with last page numbered 140.  Near fine in very good wrappers.

 The movie, BLADE RUNNER, was based on a Philip K. Dick novel, DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, that was published in 1968.  One of the first filmmakers to express interest in adapting the book was Martin Scorsese.  The novel describes a world where animals are virtually extinct, replaced by robot simulacra.  Considering Scorsese’s interests, a Scorsese adaptation would...

BREATHLESS (1960; 1961 first US-release)
BREATHLESS (1960; 1961 first US-release) $300.00 SOLD

Vintage original 17 x 11" (43 x 28 cm.) pressbook, USA. Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo, dir: Jean-Luc Godard; Films Around the World.

This is a fascinating document, which records the initial reception of this classic of the French New Wave, as it arrived in the US at the beginning of the Kennedy era. The pressbook has an unusual format, whereby each of its opening pages is wider than the one which precedes it, so that they overlap on the front cover.

Folio, folded (as issued), 14 pp. Some scattered creasing, VERY GOOD+.

BREATHLESS [À BOUT DE SOUFFLE] (1960)
BREATHLESS [À BOUT DE SOUFFLE] (1960) $500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 9" (31 x 24 cm.) pressbook, France. Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo, dir: Jean-Luc Godard; SNC. The film that, more than any other, launched the French New Wave and the career of its director and its two stars. Belmondo won international acclaim in the role of a two-bit gangster, and Seberg was unforgettable as an utterly immoral young American woman in Paris.

Pictorial wrappers, 4to, 4 pp., with a 2 pp. supplement laid-in, a few scattered small pinholes and one marginal tear, VERY GOOD-FINE.

CHINATOWN [Screenplay] by Robert Towne SECOND DRAFT September 7, 1973
CHINATOWN [Screenplay] by Robert Towne SECOND DRAFT September 7, 1973 $12,500.00 SOLD

Orange printed wrappers. Title page present, , with credits for screenwriter Towne, producer Robert Evans, and director Roman Polanski. 153 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 152. Mimeograph, Pages and wrapper near fine, brad bound.

Boldy SIGNED by actors Faye Dunaway and Diane Ladd, and screenwriter Robert Towne, on the title page in holograph ink. Brief notations in holograph ink on a few pages. An impeccable set of signatures on a remarkably scarce script, one of only two we've handled.

CITIZEN KANE PROGRAM (1940)
CITIZEN KANE PROGRAM (1940) $375.00 SOLD

Vintage original program, USA, 12 x 9” (31 x 23 cm.), 16 pp.

Orson Welles (actor and director), Joseph Cotton, Ruth Warrick; RKO.   A desirable booklet, if found in clean condition.  This example has only some minor smudging to outer wrappers, JUST ABOUT FINE. 

 

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