He Who Must Die [Celui qui doit mourir]

Paris: Cinedis, 1957. Archive of 1,599 vintage keybook photographs from the 1957 French-Italian film. Small photographs affixed with cello tape on thick stock in five folio sized spiral bound notebooks, with small title labels mounted to the versos of the front wrappers. Each photograph is numbered in holograph ink inside a small white border on the recto, and in mimeograph on the verso.

Extensively illustrating a few film sequences, including images of actor Jean Servais as priest and his followers as Biblical characters, gallows, and portraits of child actors. Most photographs are candid images of the cast and crew, including director Jules Dassin coaching actor Gert Frobe in a chilling death scene, on-location landscapes, burning crosses, Turkish soldiers, actor Melina Mercouri with a candelabra, black and white cats cuddling, and several photos of filmmaker Christian-Jaque, dramatically lit and smoking a cigarette (albeit his association with the film is ambiguous).

Based on Kazantzakis’ 1954 novel, Christ Recrucified. In Turk-occupied Greece, circa 1920s, Servais plays a priest who leads his townsfolk in reenactments of Biblical stories, with Pierre Vaneck as Jesus, the town prostitute (Mercouri) as Mary Magdelene, and Frobe as a town elder. The passion play eventually becomes reality, with refugees who enter the town victimized in a massacre.

Entered at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival, where Dassin was awarded an OCIC Special Mention, and was nominated for a Palme d’Or. A small masterpiece by the director, whose directorial filmography includes The Naked City (1948), Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964).

Photographs 3.5 x 4.5 inches (9 x 11.25 cm), most with small white border at the foot, several with full small white border. Light curling, and several photographs detached, else Near Fine. Notebooks Very Good plus.


[Book #144625]

Price: $3,500.00