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(FAULKNER, WILLIAM, ADAPTED FROM) STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE, THE (1933)
(FAULKNER, WILLIAM, ADAPTED FROM) STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE, THE (1933) $950.00 SOLD

Vintage original pressbook (“Press Sheet and AD-SALES Catalogue”), UK. 

Pictorial wrappers, 8 pp., 11 ½ x 9 ½” (30 x 24 cm.), pages partly coming loose, vg+.

 1933 pre-code film, based on William Faulkner's 1931 novel, "Sanctuary." An extremely rare film, only shown at festivals on occasion since its release, with only one known nitrate print in storage...

ALPHAVILLE (1965)
ALPHAVILLE (1965) $300.00 SOLD

Vintage original 9 1/2 x 12" (24 x 31 cm.) pressbook, France. Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, dir: Jean-Luc Godard; Athos Films.

Godard's dystopian science-fiction film in which the character Lemmy Caution (played by Eddie Constantine, who had played this role in many French B-movie crime films directed by others) finds himself in a futuristic world controlled by a tyrant.

Oblong 4to, pictorial wrappers, 8 pp., with a 5 pp. supplement laid-in; folded once vertically, VERY GOOD+.

ANDY WARHOL'S LONESOME COWBOYS (1968) / EXHIBITOR'S PRESS MANUAL
ANDY WARHOL'S LONESOME COWBOYS (1968) / EXHIBITOR'S PRESS MANUAL $0.00 SOLD

Printed wrappers, 11 x 8" (28 x 21.6 cm.), USA. This rather langorous film, with Viva, Taylor Mead, Joe Dalleasandro, Lou Waldon, Eric Emerson, and various other Warhol Factory members, had clear homoerotic gay overtones, and was a transition to the series of films directed entirely by Paul Morrisey, which were to follow within a couple of years.

Very scarce pressbook for Warhol's Western spoof, which was a very important early movie for Dallesandro, who would shortly become a Warhol superstar. 8 pp., with a few stamps of a film distributor, overall ABOUT FINE.

-warhol -andywarhol -gaycinema -gayfilm...

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.

BETTE DAVIS IN MARKED WOMAN / PRESSBOOK (1937)
BETTE DAVIS IN MARKED WOMAN / PRESSBOOK (1937) $750.00 SOLD

Vintage original 17 x 11" (43 x 28 cm.) pressbook, USA; Folio, 20 pp., with an additional "ADVERTISING SECTION" laid-in loosely, 22 x 17" (56 x 43 cm.), 6 pp. Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, dir: Lloyd Bacon, Michael Curtiz (uncredited). Classic gangster film, with Bette Davis as a supposed "hostess at a clip joint" who is eventually persuaded by the district attorney (Bogart) to testify against her murderous gangster boss.

This is a quite rare book, and to find it complete -- with no ads cut-out, and with its gigantic advertising supplement as well -- is quite a treat....

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+.

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...

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.

CLAUDE CHABROL / Collection of 7 French pressbooks
CLAUDE CHABROL / Collection of 7 French pressbooks $200.00 SOLD

All in pictorial wrappers, 13 x 9 1/2" (33 x 24 cm.) or smaller, generally VERY GOOD+ or better:

  • LE BEAU SERGE (1958). 4 pp. Chabrol's first feature.
  • DOUBLE TOUR [LEDA / WEB OF PASSION] (1959) 8 pp.
  • LANDRU (1963) 8,1 pp. Chabrol's version of the story of Bluebeard.
  • MARIE-CHANTAL CONTRE LE. DR. KAH (1965). 2 pp. One of a few secret agent films Chabrol did during a brief early lull in his career (he apparently had great fun while doing them).
  • LA ROUTE DE CORINTHE [WHO'S GOT THE BLACK BOX?] (1967) 4 pp. Another spy movie, this one Chabrol's only...

CUL-DE-SAC (1966)
CUL-DE-SAC (1966) $350.00 SOLD

London: Compton Films, 1966. Vintage original French pressbook, 9 x 12" (23 x 30 cm.) for the 1966 film. Roman Polanski's third film, and second film in English, from a screenplay by Polanski and his frequent collaborator, Gerard Brach. Compared since its release to Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett in terms of tone and theme, Cul-de-sac is a psychological thriller of the first order, exploring themes of horror, frustrated sexuality, and alienation -- concepts the director has mined and evolved for decades with great invention.

A striking illustrated design appropriated from the original poster artwork, with stark photographic images from the...

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