The Magnificent Tramp [Archimede, le clochard]

Paris: Intermondia Films, 1959. Archive of 69 vintage borderless single weight keybook contact sheets, amounting to nearly 800 numbered images, for the 1959 French-Italian film, here under a working title, "Le clochard". Much of the film is represented in minute detail, along with test shots, set design shots, and many candid off-camera shots from the set. Housed in an orange two-ring binder, French film title on the front wrapper.

Nearly all contact sheets with 12 images per sheet (a few with twice as many), each with series numbers, and each sheet with credits for the photo laboratory Tele-Photo, production studio Intermondia, film title, and photographer Dolé. Dolé was consistent if anything, a regular fixture on films by Denys de La Patelliere, Jean Delannoy, and Grangier, as well as several Jean Gabin films.

The archive also extensively features actor Jean Gabin, looking forlorn, dancing gaily in a pub, meeting with actor Cowl, and off-camera with actor Blier. Female lead Dora Doll is also present, as is director Grangier as he discusses scene elements with Cowl and others. A few photos show elaborate set design, including some realistic bowery and construction site designs.

Gabin plays a sophisticated tramp who lives during summer in an abandoned construction site. As winter draws near, he devises a plan that will surely have him incarcerated, and thus in warmer climates. To do so he chooses a bar to demolish, but the crime only lands him a week in jail. Freedom proves too chilling, and he vows to return.

Photos 8 x 10.5 inches, one slightly larger, a few are excised to one or two images in width, all 2-hole punched. Very Good overall, with moderate curling, several with bruises and chips at the edges, a handful with light dampstaining and discoloration.

[Book #143285]

Price: $750.00