The Magnificent Tramp [Archimede, le clochard]

Paris: Intermondia Films / Pretoria / Cinedis, 1959. Collection of 134 original black-and-white single weight still photographs from the 1959 French-Italian film. Featuring Jean Gabin dancing gaily in pub with costar Doll, two photos of Gabin kicking a ball and in a manilla envelope addressed to "M. de La Maziere, and images of costar Cowl smoking a cigarette. Several photos are credited to photographer Dole on the recto, with mimeograph numbers on the verso, and nearly all with brief numerical annotations in holograph pencil on the verso. Housed in a vintage Ilford photo paper box, with French title in holograph ink on the lid.

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.

Grangier worked with Gabin on several films, notably "The Night Affair" (1958), "The Counterfeiters of Paris" (1961), "Speaking of Murder" (1957), and "Maigret Sees Red" (1963), as did photographer Dole, who was consistent if anything, a regular fixture in films by Denys de La Patelliere, Jean Delannoy. Christian de La Maziere was a journalist and member of the Charlemagne Division of the Waffen SS, and was featured in Marcel Ophuls' 1969 documentary "The Sorrow and the Pity," discussing his role in WWII. He also worked for the fascist newspaper "Le Pays Libre" earlier, and in 1974 he wrote "The Captive Dreamer". His involvement at Vichy and the Waffen SS was pardoned before his career in press and film relations, and he garnered brief postwar celebrity.

Photos range from 3.5 x 5 inches to 12 x 15.5 inches. Light curling, and a few with slight discoloration and tiny bruises. Box Good overall.

Full collation details available on request.


[Book #144627]

Price: $925.00