Robinson Crusoe

Mexico City: Ultramar Films, 1952. Draft script for the 1954 Mexican film. Included is a typed letter signed from the film's producer Edward L. Alperson, on his custom rough-edged stationery, discussing the possibility of distribution within the US. Distribution was eventually taken on by United Artists, and Daniel O'Herlihy received a Best Actor nomination for his performance. Also included are seven film still photographs from the film.

A rare pre-production script from Luis Bunuel's first color film, one of the key productions from his Mexican period, written with Hugo Butler, who was at the time living in self-imposed exile in Mexico with Dalton Trumbo (both blacklisted by the HUAC) and writing under various pseudonyms. Single substantive holograph pencil correction toward the end of the text.

One of Bunuel's more straightforward narratives, quite faithful to the source material, but with a whopping dream sequence as bizarre as anything one might find in the director's later work.

Tall side-stitched self-wrappers, dated "Mexico / 1952," with credits for director-screenwriter Bunuel, screenwriter Butler (under the Roll pseudonym) and producers Oscar Dancigers and Henry F. Ehrlich. 95 leaves, mimeograph. Very Good condition, toned at the edges, some offsetting to the front wrapper, and a 1-inch tear at the left margin.


[Book #121979]

Price: $4,750.00