N.p. Untitled Productions, 1989. Draft script for the 1989 film, belonging to and heavily annotated throughout by actor Martin Landau, here under the working title "Brothers." Bound in a spring binder with "Kraft Music Hall" and Landau's name in gilt on front ("The Kraft Music Hall" was a revival of the NBC variety television show with various hosts and performers from 1967 to 1971, which Landau and Woody Allen had both appeared on).
Front wrapper has Landau's name boldly written and whimsically illustrated with "Filmed New York CIty" and shooting months and re-shooting months, all written in holograph marker and pen. Title page has Landau's name ornately illustrated at top margin, followed by credits for Allen, working title and cast, all in holograph marker, with "Release Title: Oct 13th 1989 'Crimes and Misdemeanors,'" below, in holograph ink, all in Landau's hand. Script contains copious annotations of strikes, character motivations and dialogue changes on nearly every page of dialogue or action of Landau's character Judah. Following script is a six page cast list annotated in holograph pencil.
Laid in are 32 pages of script revisions, six of which contain annotations, striking scenes, dating when scenes were shot, as well as character motivations, by Landau in holograph ink.
Also laid in is Landau's contract with Untitled Productions, for "Woody Allen Fall Project 1988," signed and dated March 3 1989, by Landau in holograph ink, with a cover sheet, dated March 1, 1989, signed by associate producer Helen Robin. Lastly, laid in are two call sheets with annotations in holograph ink and marker, a four page Reshoot Schedule, annotated in holograph marker, and a five page Crew List, lightly annotated in holograph marker.
From the estate of Martin Landau.
One of Allen's finest films, a dark drama with comic elements, interweaving two opposing stories. In one, ophthalmologist Judah Rosenthal's (Landau) mistress (Angelica Huston) threatens to reveal their affair unless he leaves his wife Miriam (Claire Bloom). Responding to the threat, his gangster brother Jack (Jerry Orbach) offers to have her killed. In the other, documentary filmmaker Clifford Stern (Allen) is hired by his pompous television producer brother-in-law (Alan Alda) to make a documentary about him and begins to fall in love with producer Halley Reed (Mia Farrow).
Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Martin Landau.
Set in and shot on location in New York and New Jersey.
Blue untitled wrappers. Title page present, with a credit for screenwriter Woody Allen. 108 leaves, with last page of text numbered 100. Xerographic duplication, rectos only, with blue and pink revision pages throughout, dated 1/9/89. Pages Near Fine, with silverfish damage to right side of title page, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.
Spring binder, 10.5 x 12.5 inches, Near Fine.
Laid in Revisions, Contract, and Call Sheets 8.5 x 11 inches, Very Good plus to Near Fine, six revision leaves extremely faded with bright holograph annotations to four.
Schrader, Canon Fodder 39. Ebert III.