France: N.p., Circa 1961. Collection of 91 vintage candid photographs featuring director Rene Clair and members of the cast and crew at release parties for the 1961 film. Clair is seen with fans, giving a speech, signing autographs, conducting a recorded interview, and cavorting with stars of the film like Colette Castel, Alfred Adam, and Annie Fratellini. The festivities seem to take place in a large music hall, with musicians and traditional instruments appearing in a few photos. Bourvil is also present in two contact prints, seen traveling, cavorting with Clair, getting a shave, and playing bocce. Several with brief numerical annotations in holograph pencil, and a few double weight photographs with rubberstamps crediting photographer Martin, on the versos.
A businessman (Noiret) wants to buy land around the village of Cabosse, claiming his desire for seclusion but with intentions to sell the water from the village fountain, purportedly a fountain of youth.
Shot on location throughout France.
Photos range from 4.5 x 7 inches to 8 x 10.5 inches, most are 7.25 x 9.25 inches, with 87 frames on 35mm and medium-format negative strips. Very Good plus overall, with light curling and foxing, negatives lightly rubbed.