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

UK: Attica Film Company, 1957. Collection of 234 vintage black-and-white still photographs for the 1957 British film. Photographs 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 of 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 penniless king in New York, unknowingly cast in television commercials after a candid restaurant scene. He meets Rupert (Michael Chaplin), your basis young historian and anarchist who edits the school newspaper, compulsively spouting anti-political philosophy.

Produced in Europe after Chaplin's actual exile from the US in 1952, the film's condemnation of McCarthyist politics largely reflected his own beliefs, messages subtly filtered through his son, Michael. Still, in poignant Chaplin style, the film is not without classic slapstick, witty statements on American commercialism and mainstream media, interesting hats, and satyrical portrayals of public figures.

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