The Treasure of Cantenac [Un Miracle] [Le Tresor de Cantenac]

Paris: B.M.P. Films, Circa 1950. Draft script for the 1950 French film, "The Treasure of Cantenac," here under its title of origin, "Le Tresor de Cantenac," on the title page, with the film's working title, "Un miracle," also on the title page. French copy company rubber stamp, and faint pencil annotations, on the front wrapper. Pre-New Wave items are scarce, this being a completely original example, with text in French throughout.

Set in a rundown French village, the film is a series of vignettes illustrating the human condition. The Baron de Cantenac, on the verge of suicide after losing his fortune, goes on one last walk through his dying town. On the way, he meets the town's oldest citizen, who reveals a royal treasure that he has been jealously guarding for years.

Director-screenwriter-actor Guitry was a prominent French filmmaker during the post-WWI years of French cinema, following in the footsteps of his father, silent film actor Lucien Guitry. His notable film credits include (English titles) "The Lover of Camille" (1924), "The Story of a Cheat" (1936), "Nine Bachelors" (1939), "Royal Affairs in Versailles" (1954), a film notable for its appearance of a young Brigitte Bardot, and "Napoleon" (1955).

Blue titled wrappers. Title page present, undated, with a credit for Guitry and B.M.P. Films in Paris (the US branch is in California). 102 leaves, with last page of text numbered 100. Mimeograph. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good, perfect-bound and side-stiched.

[Book #135620]

Price: $850.00