Roots

Los Angeles: Wolper Productions, 1976. Archive of material from the 1977 television miniseries, including one Second Draft script dated April 16, 1976, three vintage photographs, and various production materials and newspaper clippings. Archive belonging to director David Greene, with his name on the title page and several revision pages. Missing three pages, likely as used or issued.

Second Draft script represents the first three hours of the miniseries—the original intended airing format for the first night, or Part I, of the series. ABC would ultimately decide to combine the final hour of Part I with Part II, resulting in two two-hour programs.

The three photographs are taken on from the set of the miniseries in Savannah, Georgia, and include one black-and-white photograph of Greene with producers Stan Margulies and David L. Wolper, one color photograph of Greene behind the camera, and one color photograph of author Alex Haley and actor Thalmus Rasulala.

Based on the 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley, a multigenerational depiction of the African American experience, from kidnapping in West Africa to the end of the Civil War. Nominated for 37 Primetime Emmy Awards, winner of nine, including Outstanding Directing for Greene for Part I.

Shot on location in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, California, and in Savannah and St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Photographs: 10 x 8 inches. Generally about Near Fine.

Production Materials: 5 x 7 inches and 8.5 x 11 inches. Very Good plus to Near Fine.

Newspaper clippings: 11.5 x 13.5 inches and 10 x 9 inches. Near Fine.


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