Mexico: Producciones Barbachano Ponce, 1958. Draft script for the 1959 film. Presentation copy belonging to director Luis Bunuel, and SIGNED by Bunuel on the front wrapper. Also laid in is a program from the film's American premiere on May 18, 1960, also SIGNED by Bunuel. Blue ink holograph annotations in the same hand to the verso of the last page of the script. Also laid in are two vintage photographs: one of Bunuel getting a haircut on the set of the film, and another with Bunuel, seated next to cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, composing a shot in his viewfinder. All items housed in a red quarter-leather clamshell box with gilt titles.
Based on the 1895 novel by Benito Perez Galdos. A priest with radical but very philosophical notions leaves his order to go on a pilgrimage, learning much about the nature of human suffering as his life mimics that of Jesus Christ, all the way through to his untimely end. One of the mostly highly regarded films from Bunuel’s Mexican period, one of director Andrei Tarkovsky’s ten favorite films, and one of 15 religious films selected by the Vatican for their list of 45 great films celebrating the 100th anniversary of cinema. Nominated for the Palme d'Or.
Set in Mexico, and shot there on location.
Green titled wrappers, dated 1958, with credits for screenwriters Luis Bunuel and Julio Alejandro, novelist Benito Perez Galados, and director Luis Bunuel. Title page present, noted as copy No. 3 in holograph pencil, dated 1958, with credits for screenwriters Bunuel and Alejandro, novelist Perez Galados, and director Bunuel. 106 leaves, with last page of text numbered 105. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, housed in a Near Fine red leather presentation binding with a few tiny bruises at the extremities.
Photograph 8 x 10 inches, archive stamp and several holograph annotations to the verso. Near Fine.