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STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE, THE (1933) Vintage original pressbook for William Faulkner adaptation

Vintage original pressbook ("Press Sheet and AD-SALES Catalogue"), UK. Pictorial wrappers, 8 pp., 11 1/2 x 9 1/2" (30 x 24 cm.), pages partly coming loose, VERY GOOD+. Â 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 at UCLA. Along with BABY FACE, made the same year, THE STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE is one of the most notorious of the films from the pre-Code area, so controversial that it was ordered never to be shown again after the Production Code Administration was instituted the following year. The controversy comes straight from Faulkner's source material, wherein a wealthy and neurotic Southern belle is trapped in a hideout with a gang of vicious criminal bootleggers. The leader of the gang, Trigger, lusts after the woman, and her subsequent rape is presented in a manner that was unheard of at the time. George Raft, under contract to Paramount, was assigned the part, but found the part repulsive and went to battle with the studio in a suit that nearly cost him his career. This British pressbook has extensive illustrations of the notorious advertising and poster campaign which eventually made the film's release such a troubled one. Â A rare piece from a film that is legendary in the history of literary adaptation and film censorship. It is very interesting to note a few references to Faulkner in the text, as he was not yet a well-known author, much less in the UK.
SHERLOCK HOLMES FIGHTS BACK [released as SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON] (1942) Vintage original script for Arthur Conan Doyle adaptation

SHERLOCK HOLMES FIGHTS BACK [released as SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON] (1942) Vintage original script for Arthur Conan Doyle adaptation

"SHERLOCK HOLMES FIGHTS BACK" Screenplay by Scott Darling & Edward T. Lowe based on a free adaptation of "THE DANCING MAN" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [released as: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON [Los Angeles: Universal Pictures], 22 May - 17 June 1942. Â [1], 110 leaves plus numerous numbered or lettered revised inserts or appended leaves. Quarto. Original carbon typescript on rectos only of onion skin stock denoted "Contract File Copy" in red. Bradbound in typed wrappers (neatly detached). Production number stamped on upper wrapper, upper wrapper heavily creased, with resulting cracks in brittle stock and small chips, but the typescript itself is FINE (in GOOD-VERY GOOD detached wrappers). Â Vintage original script, a very early revised pre-production script, in highly privileged format, of this adaptation to the screen for Universal's distinguished series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations. This particular copy includes the revisions and "additional changes" by Edmund L. Hartmann that were made over the time span subsequent to the third draft of Darling and Lowe's script, and they are substantial. The film, directed by Roy William Neill, and starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, was released on 12 February 1943, and it is probable that even more alterations were made prior to the final shooting script. Script material relating to any of the pre-1950 Holmes films is uncommon, particularly material from such an early stage of development. Although well over one hundred and fifty adaptations of Sherlock Holmes to the screen are known, beginning with SHERLOCK HOLMES BAFFLED (1903), the Rathbone-Bruce portrayals have become almost canonical, beginning with THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (March 1939), and concluding with the twelfth in sequence, DRESSED TO KILL (1946). Â De Waal 5149.


Vintage original program, 8 x 6" (21 x 15.5 cm.), 4 pp., Ukraine. Ivan Mykolachuk, Larise Kadochnikova, dir: Sergei Parajanov. Extremely scarce original program in Ukrainian (and printed in Kiev) for this Ukranian film of visionary director Sergei Parajanov in which he fully expressed his remarkable poetic vision. Â IMDb: "One of the twentieth century's greatest masters of cinema Sergei Parajanov was born in Georgia to Armenian parents and it was always unlikely that his work would conform to the strict socialist realism that Soviet authorities preferred. After studying film and music, Parajanov became an assistant director at the Dovzhenko studios in Kiev, making his directorial debut in 1954, following that with numerous shorts and features, all of which he subsequently dismissed as 'garbage'. However, in 1964 he was able to make Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965), a rhapsodic celebration of Ukrainian folk culture, and the world discovered a startling and idiosyncratic new talent. He followed this up with the even more innovative The Color of Pomegranates (1969) (which explored the art and poetry of his native Armenia in a series of stunningly beautiful tableaux), but by this stage the authorities had had enough, and Paradjanov spent most of the 1970s in prison on 'charges of 'homosexuality and illegal trafficking in religious icons'. However, with the coming of perestroika, he was able to make two further films before succumbing to cancer in 1990." Â Slight creasing at edge of pictorial wrappers, NEAR FINE.