The Last Roman [A Struggle for Rome]

Glendale, CA: Allied Artists, 1968. Draft script for the 1968 film. Seen here under its literal English translation "A Struggle for Rome" on the front wrapper, with credits for production company C.C.C. Film (CCC Filmkunst). Extensive annotations throughout, unattributed, in various colors of holograph ink and in pencil, including substantive deletions and changes to dialogue and direction.

One of Siodmak's final films, capitalizing on the popularity and success of the Italian "Peplum" (sword-and-sandal) films, "The Last Roman" depicts Romans and their enemies engaged in battle. Cethegus (Harvey), leader of the Roman nobility, travels to Bizantium to convince its leader Justinian (Welles) to form an army and join forces, but with plans of betrayal in tow. The sequel, "Kampf um Rom II - Der Verrat" (Fight for Rome II), was released in 1969 in Germany, and in 1973 in the US, but never saw the success it's predecessor.

Orange titled wrappers. No title page present, presumably as issued, but with the title at the top of the first page of the script. 223 leaves, mimeograph on onionskin stock, with undated yellow revision pages throughout. Pages Very Good, wrapper Very Good, internal prong binding.


[Book #131331]

Price: $750.00