A King in New York [Un Roi à New York]

UK: Attica Film Company, 1957. Collection of 234 vintage French photographs for the 1957 UK film. Printed in Paris, where the film opened in October 1957, a month following the British release. Housed in original box with "Les Stencils Altic Fabriques en France" paper labels, and French promotional "week of gaiety in your neighborhood" title labels. Within are 18 paper folders with notations in holograph blue pencil on the front, in French, noting scenes from the film. A few loosely translated are "Goodbye and farewell," "The King Goes to Court," "The Queen Leaves," "The School / The American Youth / The Little Genius," "Publicity Photos," and "The King Adopts Rupert." A final folder containing no photos is present, ominously titled "The Bathroom / Charlie voyeur," with a paper-clipped note claiming "the bathroom photos have been returned."

Chaplin's final starring role, about a dethroned and penniless king from a fictional European nation living in New York, where he inadvertently becomes the target of a HUAC investigation after meeting a politically minded 10 year old (played by Chaplin's son, Michael) whose parents have been jailed as communist sympathizers. A pointed satire of McCarthyism, American consumerism, and celebrity culture, the film was produced in Europe after Chaplin's own exile from the United States due to his leftist political beliefs, and did not receive an US release until 1973.

Photographs 7 x 9.25 inches (17.75 x 23.25), several with 1-inch white border at the bottom. Photographs and folders Near Fine overall, slight curling, a few with brief foxing. Box poor but complete.

Complete collation details available on request.


[Book #143119]

Price: $850.00