Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures, 1973. Draft script for the 1975 film.
One of the most haunting and truly underrated films of the 1970s, Schlesinger's "The Day of the Locust" translates Nathanael West's 1939 masterpiece into a dark, funny, and ultimately devastating commentary on the Hollywood system and its effect on the lives and dreams of an array of characters lost in it. Since its release, the film has come to be considered by many Donald Sutherland's finest performance, as well as a grand achievement in terms of script, cinematography, acting, and design. Nominated for two Academy Awards.
Teal studio wrappers with a die cut title window in the British style. Title page present, with credits for screenwriter Waldo Salt, novelist Nathanael West, producer Jerome Hellman and director John Schlesinger. 122 leaves, with last page of text numbered 118. Mimeograph, rectos only, with white revision pages throughout, dated variously between 7/31/73 and 10/12/73. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound internally with three gold brads.