Rachel, Rachel [A Jest of God]

Los Angeles: Kayos Productions, 1967. Revised Final Draft script for the 1968 film, "Rachel, Rachel," here under the working title and source novel title, "A Jest of God." Copy belonging to uncredited camera operator, Ron Munkacsi, with his name in holograph ink on a laid-in shooting schedule, and on a letter addressed to him by associate producer Harrison Starr, who thanks him for his work during the summer of 1967 and includes a newspaper clipping crediting Munkacsi, typed on Kayos Productions stationary, and signed in holograph ink by Starr. Also present are "Cast Call" and "Memo" leaves dated 1967.

Based on Canadian writer Margaret Laurence's 1966 novel. Rachel Cameron (Joanne Woodward) is timid spinster teacher living with her widowed mother in an apartment in rural Connecticut. She is persuaded by an ambiguously lesbian friend Calla (Estelle Parsons) to attend a church revival, where she is comforted and softly kissed by Calla to ease the overwhelming presence of God that Rachel has invoked. She withdraws from her relationship with Calla about the time she reunites with an old friend and fellow teacher, Nick (James Olson), visiting from the Bronx. With Nick, Rachel has her first sexual experience (she's in her thirties), and mistakes their lusty episode for devoted love, until Nick presents a fake photo showing his supposed wife and child. Rachel leaves for Oregon, where she believes herself to be pregnant with Nick's child only to find her "pregnancy" is the result of a benign cyst. She reunites with her mother, and seeks a new life with newly discovered sexual interests. The film won several awards, including four Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globes, and a National Board of Review Award.

Shot on location throughout Connecticut.

Green titled wrappers. Title page present, dated June 28, 1967, noted as Final Draft, with credits for screenwriter Stern. 131 leaves, with last page of text numbered 122. Mimeograph on white stock, rectos only, rainbow copy with blue, pink, and yellow revision pages throughout, dated 7/14/67 on blue pages and 7/25/67 on pink pages. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads. Shooting Schedule 13 leaves corner-stitched, casting call 2 leaves unbound, memo 2 leaves corner-stitched, and letter 1 leaf unbound. Shooting Schedule, casting call, memo, and letter Very Good plus overall.


[Book #145683]

Price: $350.00