Le miroir a deux faces

N.p. Self-published, 1958. Original invitation from Michele Morgan to "Madame de la Maziere," in the form of a letter, mechanically produced text on handmade paper, with a small plant branch affixed to the inside, similar to flower pressing. House in the original mailing envelope with Morgan's red wax seal on the verso. Mention of the film, actors, pretty women of Paris, and the film premiere venue are present. Circa 1958, a unique correspondence showcasing a close relationship between Morgan and whoever might then have been with the philanthropist de la Maziere.

A teacher (Bourvil) places a personal in the newspaper, hoping to find a wife. He weds an unattractive woman to avoid troublesome attractive women, and she is involved in an automobile accident. A doctor explains ways for restoring her beauty, using a series of slides, but the teacher is hesitant. He inevitably consents, resulting in a "new" beautiful version of his wife (Morgan). After her newfound looks, the marriage begins to falter.

Christian de la Maziere (1922-2006) was a journalist and member of the Charlemagne Division of the Waffen SS, and was featured in Marcel Ophuls' documentary "The Sorrow and the Pity" (1969), discussing his military service. He worked for the fascist newspaper "Le Pays Libre" before joining Charlemagne, and his autobiography "The Captive Dreamer" (1974) was based largely on experiences at Vichy.

9 x 12.25 inches, single sheet folded once, envelope 10.25 x 13 inches. Very Good plus overall, light foxing and creasing, pressed branch mostly disintegrated but several leaves still present.


[Book #143947]

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