Senechal the Magnificent [Senechal le magnifique]

Paris: Cinedis, 1957. Collection of 14 vintage photographs and color transparencies from the 1957 French-Italian film. Nearly all photographs are contact sheets, with 34 color transparencies, 24 are medium-format, and 5 are mounted. Starring actors Fernandel and Gray comprise most of the collection, and the contact sheets consist of candid images of Fernandel, director Boyer, noted director Christian-Jacques, and Fernandel in various accouterments, surrounded by female members of the cast. Only a few contact sheets have less than 12 numbered frames, amounted to 146 images. Striking images of both Gray and Patrick are scattered throughout the transparencies.

Fernandel stars as a talentless actor who fails to find work, and turns to imitating people he sees on the street, a stunt that lands him in court, where he finally has a chance to showcase his acting ability. Fernandel was France's leading funny man for decades, and Gray would go on to her best-known role in Federico Fellini's masterpiece, "La Dolce Vita" (1960). Liliane Patrick's debut film, later credits include "Maxime" (1958), "Julie the Redhead" (1959), and "A fleur de peau" (1962).

Transparencies housed in original glassine and paper envelopes, four with annotations in holograph ink. Two slips of paper, one on Cinedis parchment, noting various photo sizes and quantities in holograph ink, and in French, are included. Brief notation in holograph pencil on the verso of the 5 x 7 photograph. All housed in original French Kodak photo box, French title label affixed to the lid, with annotations in holograph ink.

Sizes range from 2.25 x 4.75 to 7 x 9.25 inches. Very Good plus overall, photos with light curling, some with faint creases, several contact sheets with bruises to one edge, and light staining and wrinkling to mounted transparencies. Box Very Good overall.

Complete collation upon request.

[Book #142883]

Price: $450.00