The Gothic Tales

New York: Challenger Productions, 1965. Ribbon copy typescript of a Preliminary Treatment script for an unproduced film. The manuscript does not name the author, however, we can reasonably presume this is Robert Newman's known treatment for Isak Dinesen's "Seven Gothic Tales," under the title "The Gothic Tales," which we have offered once in the past, with that copy having a stated credit for Newman, and also 53 pages; and also "Challenger Productions" as stated on title page, as well as documented in Boston University's Robert Newman Collection. Contains several proofreading annotations in holograph ink throughout.

Based on the 1934 collection of short stories "Seven Gothic Tales" by Danish author Karen Blixen, working under her more commonly recognized pseudonym Isak Dinesen, Newman's screenplay is a series of vignettes, taking place in 19th century Europe, told from the perspective of the author.

Dinesen is also the author of the 1937 memoir "Out of Africa," which was made into Sydney Pollack's Academy Award winning 1985 film of the same name, as well as the short story "Babette's Feast," from her 1958 collection "Anecdotes of Destiny," made into Gabriel Axel's Academy Award winning 1987 film of the same name.

In the late 1960's Orson Welles had the intention of creating an anthology of films adapted from Dinesen's stories. Only one was completed, Welles' 1968 "The Immortal Story" starring Jeanne Moreau, based on the short story of the same name, from the 1958 collection "Anecdotes of Destiny." In the early 1980's Welles attempted to film "The Dreamers," (based on the short story of the same name from "Seven Gothic Tales" and "Echoes" from the 1957 collection "Last Tales") but only completed a few scenes and abandoned the project after a lack of financing.

In 1982, Italian director Emidio Greco directed "Ehrengard," based upon Dinesen's novel of the same name, but was not released until 2002 due to financial complications.

Set in Europe.

Blue untitled wrappers. Title page present, dated JU 2 6195 (presumably 1965), noted as Preliminary Treatment, with credits for novelist Dinesen. 55 leaves, with last page of text numbered 53. Ribbon copy typescript, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good Plus, bound with two gold brads.


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