The Blockhouse

Jean-Paul Clebert (author)
Clive Rees (director, screenwriter)
John Gould (screenwriter)
Peter Sellers, Charles Aznavour, Jeremy Kemp, Per Oscarsson (starring)

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], circa 1973. Draft script for the 1973 film. With a single notation to the title page in manuscript ink, indicating this copy is from Barry Levinson.

Based on the 1955 novel "Le Blockhaus" by Jean-Paul Clebert, the story follows a mixed-group of forced laborers held by German forces taking shelter in a German bunker on D-Day. However, due to the heavy shelling, they are entombed in the blockhouse. Fortunately it is a storehouse as well so the prisoners have food to last them for years, but unfortunately they are permanently trapped in there. The film deals with how they lived in their underground prison and their eventual deaths.

Set in Normandy, shot on location in Guernsey, Channel Islands.

Blue blank wrappers with die cut title window in the British style. Title page present, with credits for screenwriter John Gould, and author Jean-Paul Clebert. 141 leaves, with last page of text numbered 140. Mechanical duplication. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound internally with two silver brads.

[Book #140845]