Boca Raton, FL: Penthouse, 1973. Vintage oversize, double weight, borderless still photograph from the 1973 film, based on the 1947 novel by Andrew Lytle. Shot, struck, and mounted by the film's still photographer, Bob Willoughby, with a holograph notation in his hand on the verso. Full provenance available.
Culp and Eggar romp in a bed that is the middle of the woods for some reason, while the haunted house that will exert a corrupting influence on the couple looms in the background. An image that does not appear in the so-bad-its-nearly-avant garde film, but one that nevertheless captures its aura of surreal eroticism quite well.
Set in the countryside of Southern California, shot on location in British Columbia (Indian Arm and Vancouver).
After studying with Saul Bass at the Kann Institute of Art in Los Angeles, photographer Robert Willoughby began working for magazines such as "Life," "Look," and "Harper's Bazaar" in the late 1940s. He spent the next 20-plus years as a set photographer for every major studio and magazine, with his images seen in print literally every week of his career. Willoughby's photographs are in the permanent collections of ten museums, including The National Portrait Galleries in Washington, DC and London, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Tate Modern.
13.25 x 9 inches (34 x 23 cm). Fine.
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