New York: Magic Lantern Inc, 1971. Draft script for the 1974 film. Based on the 1927 novel by Hermann Hesse.
A depressed half-man half-animal (played by Max von Sydow) is introduced to the hallucinogenic world of the "Magic Theater," where he seeks redemption via a metaphysical transcendence. The film took seven years of complicated pre-production to create, including building a relationship with the Hesse family in order to acquire the rights. While "Steppenwolf" is a precisely-realized film replete with Jungian symbols and created with some of the best special effects available at the time, the film has remained somewhat obscure due to problems with its marketing and distribution, including the color of the prints having been incorrectly developed.
Set in 1920s Germany, shot on location in Germany and Switzerland.
Black titled Studio Duplicating Service wrappers, with credits for novelist Hermann Hesse. Title page present, dated April 1971, with credits for screenwriter Fred Haines. 104 leaves, with last page of text numbered 103. Mimeograph, with blue undated revision pages throughout. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.