Deeper Into the Forest

Rome: Rafran Cinematografico, 1970. Original treatment script for an unproduced film. Screenwriter Questi's other notable screenplay credits include "The Possessed" (1965), "Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!" (1967), "Death Laid an Egg" (1968), and "Arcana" (1972). Laid in is a typed letter from Irene, a Paul Kohner agency representative, dated June 16, 1970, addressed to actor Charles Bronson, suggesting he read the treatment. Also laid in is a photocopied letter from Irene, dated 6/5/70, stating that "this is not a project in which Charles Bronson should get involved," and also that director Sergio Leone had suggested Bronson to star in the film.

Set in South America in the early 1900s, at an insane asylum, where patient Lazarus resides. Irene, from the Paul Kohner agency, calls the central character "a sort of left-over snack derived from Tony Quinn's character of the Indian in the play ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST," and that Bronson does not "fancy himself playing Indians." She goes on to say that the story spirals into a meaningless psychedelic, peyote-induced "freeforall" with the timeless, and worn, idea that people commit outrageous and unhinged deeds because the world around them is exactly that: outrageous and unhinged.

Self wrappers. Title page present, undated, noted as Idea and Treatment, with a credit for screenwriter Questi. 51 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 50, and two laid-in letters. Carbon typescript on onionskin stock. Very Good plus, side-stapled.

[Book #137978]

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