Archive of New York Police memorabilia relating to the filming of "The French Connection," 1971, and "The Seven-Ups," 1973, belonging to Philip D'Antoni

Philip D'Antoni (director, producer)

N.p. N.p., 1971, 1973. An archive of vintage New York City Police and production memorabilia belonging to director and producer Philip D'Antoni, relating to the filming of "The French Connection" (1971) and "The Seven-Ups" (1973).

The archive comprises both imagined and real ephemera relating to 1970s NYC crime work, including police badges, laminated police cards and certificates, full-size police department signage on metal and board, and business cards.

The detail for the above material includes:

Two NYC police badges, a "Detective" badge with badge number 351, a "City of New York Police Detective DEA [Detectives Endowment Association]" badge in a leather case, three laminated Police cards, a 1973 PBA (Patrolmen's Benevolent Association of the City of New York, Inc.) "Police Conference of New York, Inc." card issued to D'Antoni on the verso, a 1972 Detectives Endowment Association Inc. card, and an "Honorary Member" card from the "Dectectives Endowment Association of the Police Department City of New York" to D'Antoni, as well as a "Police NY" sign printed in blue on board and a "Police NY" sign printed in green on metal, used in production vehicles during filming, five "Seven-Ups" signs with orange stenciled lettering on black board, and five of D'Antoni's personal "Philip D'Antoni Productions Inc." business cards.

During the filming of "The French Connection" and "The Seven-Ups" D'Antoni became great friends with many New York City Police Officers who presented him with the badges and cards contained in the collection.

D'Antoni began his short, but indelible Hollywood career as producer on director Peter Yates' "Bullitt" (1968), starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset, before producing the Academy Award winning "The French Connection" (1971), directed by William Friedkin, and starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. In 1973 he produced his own directorial debut (and only feature motion picture), "The Seven-Ups," another New York Police action / drama with a Poliziotteshi style, also starring Scheider. D'Antoni's films defined a gritty and documentary aesthetic, as well as some of the most memorable car chase scenes in cinema, that helped define New Hollywood cinema.

"Detective" Badge, 2.25 x 2.75 inches. Near Fine, with some faint scratching.
"DEA" Badge with Leather Case, 2.25 x 2.75 inches. Fine.
1973 PBA Card, 4 x 2.5 inches. Fine.
1972 Detectives Endowment Ass. Card, 3.5 x 2.5 inches. Fine.
"Honorary Member" Card, 4.5 x 3 inches. Near Fine, with some light soiling.
Two Police Signs, board and metal, 11 x 4 inches. Near Fine, with light soiling and rubbing.
Five "Seven-Ups" signs, 12 x 6 inches. Fine.
Five Phil D'Antoni Business cards, 3.5 x 2 inches. Very Good plus, with some light toning and soiling.

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