Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969. Original title card maquette hand lettered by Harold Adler for the 1969 film. Based on the "Alexandria Quartet" by Lawrence Durrell.
Harold Adler was a calligrapher who created hand lettered titles on over 100 films, worked frequently with Alfred Hitchcock, and was a favorite of legendary title sequence designers Saul Bass and Pablo Ferro. In addition to "Justine" his credits include "Comanche!" (1956), "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955), "The Seven Year Itch" (1955), "Carmen Jones" (1954), "Psycho" (1960), "The Birds" (1963), "In the Heat of the Night" (1967), and "Finian's Rainbow" (1969). In 2012, an exhibition of Adler's work was organized by noted typographer and design historian Jill Bell at the American Advertising Federation, Kansas City.
A young British schoolmaster and poet travels to Alexandria, where he meets Justine, the mysterious wife of a banker, whom he discovers is involved in a plot to arm the Jewish underground in Palestine. Shot, in part, on location in Tunisia.
17.25 x 11.5 inches. Black ink on white card stock, with tissue paper overlay. Near Fine, with light toning to the card edges. Holograph annotations, one noting "original," to the tissue overlay and card.