Bananas

Woody Allen (director, screenwriter, starring)
Mickey Rose (screenwriter)
Louise Lasser, Carlos Montalban, Nati Abascal (starring)

New York: Rollins and Joffe Productions, 1970. Draft script for the 1971 film. Annotations in manuscript ink on the title page, striking the working title, "El Weirdo."

The draft notably features the film's original ending, which Woody Allen's editor, Ralph Rosenblum, convinced him to replace, showing Allen emerging from a bombing in inadvertent, sooty blackface and participating in a Black uprising on a university campus.

Anxious to impress his activist ex-girlfriend, a blue collar worker travels to a fictitious South American country, where he is unwittingly conscripted into a group of violent revolutionaries. Allen's third feature film (the first in which he had nearly full creative control) and the third and final film he wrote with Mickey Rose. Preceded by "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" (1966) and "Take the Money and Run" (1969).

Set in the fictional "banana republic" of San Marcos, and shot on location in New York and Puerto Rico.

Black Studio Duplicating Service wrappers with a rubber stamped titled label. Title page present, dated March 24, 1970, with credits for screenwriters Woody Allen and Mickey Rose. 126 leaves, with last page of text numbered 116. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with pink, yellow, and green revision pages throughout, dated variously between 4-28-70 and 4-30-28. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold screw brads.


[Book #159835]