France: Pavox Films, 1960. Original borderless still photograph from the 1960 film. Starring actor Carl Studer is seen on the waterfront, looking very much like Vincent Van Gogh, with one ear heavily bandaged.
Based on Masson's 1955 novel, "Les Comperes de Miséricorde." Pantalaskas (Studer) is a Lithuanian immigrant living in Paris, and when he is evicted from his hotel, decides suicide is the only solution. He tries but succeeds only in removing a piece off his ear. A friendly police officer tries to show him life is worth living. Director Paviot makes his debut with this film, having three years prior made a short film about guitarist Django Reinhardt (1957), an eponymous collaboration with Jean Cocteau and Yves Montand. Carl Studer's second film and first starring role.
5 x 7 inches (12.5 x 17.5 cm). Very Good Plus, with slight curling and foxing from paperclip.