Italy: Excelsa Film, 1951. Vintage double weight press photograph of writer Curzio Malaparte sitting in the director's chair during the filming of his sole cinematic effort, "The Forbidden Christ." With holograph pencil notations regarding layout on both the recto and verso, and the stamp of photographer Osvaldo Civirani and a mimeo snipe on the verso. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes.
A journalist and diplomat, Malaparte is best known for his two autobiographical novels about his experiences during and immediately after WWII, "Kaputt" (1944) and "La Pelle" (1949), the later of which was filmed in 1981. He was nominated for the Grand Prize at Cannes for this original film, about a prisoner of war who returns to his village in Italy after the war seeking the identity of the person who betrayed his brother to the Nazis.
Photographer Osvaldo Civirani would go on to a career as a film director, helming over 20 pictures, beginning with the sword and sandal classic "Hercules Against the Sons of the Sun" in 1964.
7 x 9.25 inches (18 x 23 cm). Near Fine.