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Behind the Fourth Wall - An exhibition at AFI Silver Theatre March 8 - May 26
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Play It Again, Sam

Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures / APJAC Productions/Rollins-Joffe Productions, 1971. Draft script for the 1972 film. An early shooting draft, with holograph notations throughout that relate almost entirely to camera direction (blocking, cuts, montage notes, etc.), suggesting they may have been made by director Ross. Some notes on character development are present in a few places as well. This draft precedes by a month the only other one we have encountered, and differs significantly from it, with a completely different ending.

A comedy that is pretty difficult to overestimate: even though it was not directed by Woody Allen, it was the template for the many great films he would subsequently write and direct in the 1970s, in terms of shooting style, timing, romantic themes, and the actors involved (the irrepressible trio of Allen, Keaton, and Roberts). Allen had already directed two films at this point ("Take the Money and Run" and "Bananas"), but this film is significant in that it predicted the more substantive romantic comedies that would later place him among the most important filmmakers of his era, notably "Annie Hall" (1977) and "Manhattan" (1979). Pre-production scripts from Allen films are quite uncommon, as their circulation is generally confined to those directly involved in the film.

Blue studio wrappers. Credits on the front wrapper for screenwriter Allen and Studio Duplicating Service. Title page present, with a credit for Allen as both playwright and screenwriter, with a holograph copy number (5) and a date 7/2/71. 98 leaves, mimeograph. Pages and wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold bolt brads.
[Book #121882]
Price: $1,500.00
Play It Again, Sam


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