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[Cinema History] [ed. BAZIN, André, LO DUCA, Joseph-Marie and DO

Cahiers Du Cinema

Paris: Les Editions De L'Etoile, 1951

Five issues. Uniform yellow photo-illustrated wrappers, lettered in black. Between 50 and 60 pp., profusely illustrated with b&w... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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SUTHERLAND, Joan

ALS To Leo McKern

Montreux: N.p., 1993

2pp. ALS on headed notepaper ('Joan Sutherland' over a floral design, light red on cream). Original envelope present, address handwritten, postmarked 23.11.93. Colour photograph of Sutherland and McKern on location for On Our Selection in Braidwood, Australia, taken the following year.

2pp. ALS FROM JOAN SUTHERLAND TO LEO MCKERN, FONDLY REMEMBERING THEIR RECENT MEETING AND LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER ON DAD AND DAVE: ON OUR SELECTION.

In 1994, four years after her retirement from the operatic stage, Dame Joan Sutherland returned to her native Australia to make what would turn out to be her only dramatic film: Dad and Dave:On Our Selection, written and directed by George Whaley. Based on the writings of Steele Rudd, the film, set in Queensland at the end of the nineteenth century, starred Geoffrey Rush, Ray Barrett, Noah Taylor -- and Leo McKern as Dad Rudd. Joan Sutherland played Mother Rudd, with not entirely satisfactory results, and the film, made to mark the centenary of the Australian film industry, was a failure with both critics and paying audiences.

This letter dates from the early days of Sutherland and McKern's association, is written on Sutherland's personalised notepaper and sent from her home in the Swiss village of Les Avants, and looks forward, albeit nervously, to the forthcoming shoot:

'[I]f nothing else convinced me to become involved in the film your honest, down-to-earthness did. I hope, if it all gets sorted out that I shan't be too much out of my depth!'

Accompanying the letter is a photograph, taken on location the following year, of a laughing Sutherland and McKern in costume.

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HANSBERRY, Lorraine

A Raisin In The Sun

New York: Random House, 1959

8vo, pp. 142. Original brown marbled three-quarter boards, lettered in gilt-on-black and black-on-grey to spine. Publisher's device and production still of Sidney Poitier to front panel. Top edge yellow. Illustrated dustwrapper.

First edition of the author's first play.

The first play by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway, A Raisin In The Sun opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in March, 1959, with a cast led by Sidney Poiter and Ruby Dee, and has been regularly revived on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. The story of the Youngers, a black family struggling both to improve themselves and to define to themselves what that means, was the first play to set the American black experience before a large and predominantly white audience, and in so doing changed theatre's conversation forever. Recent revivals have been led by Lennie James and Norma Dumezweni in London [2005], and Denzel Washington and Sophie Okinedo on Broadway [2014]. A Raisin In The Sun was named the Best Play of 1959 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle -- and would have won the award most years.

Lorraine Hansberry died of cancer aged thirty-four: The Sign In Sidney Brustein's Window [1965] was her only other play. This copy of her masterpiece is very well preserved, is not price-clipped, and bears the '6/59' designation on the lower front flap, identifying the dustwrapper as the first issue.

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[Riverside Studios]

A Fabulous Collection of Material Relating to the Appearances of Elisabeth Welch, Adelaide Hall and the Harlem Renaissance at the Riverside Studios, London.

Various dates, mostly 1980s.

1: PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL:

i) 35 original photographic negatives of ELISABETH WELCH performing at Riverside in April 1982.
ii) 67 original photographic negatives of ADELAIDE HALL... [more]

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GRAY, Spalding

2 pp. ALS TO DAVID GOTHARD, CO-FOUNDER OF THE RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, LONDON

7 June 1985.

2 pp. ALS, 280 x 215 mm, in the original envelope, written on the stationery of the Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis.

Wooster Group co-founder and monologist Spalding Gray had met David Gothard at the... [more]

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WANAMAKER, Sam

1 pp. TLS TO DAVID GOTHARD. 1 April 1985.

London: 1985

1 pp. TLS, 295 x 205 mm, lacking the envelope. Inked set of directions in Gothard's hand at top (see below).

Typed letter, signed by Sam Wanamaker, inviting Gothard to become administrator of the... [more]

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LITTLEWOOD, Joan

1 p. ALS, IN ORIGINAL AIR MAIL ENVELOPE, TO DAVID GOTHARD, CO-FOUNDER OF THE RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, LONDON.

8 October 1983

1 pp. ALS, 200 x 150 mm, on stiff card, to the verso of which Hals' painting of Hamlet, cut from a magazine, has been affixed. Envelope dated 8 October 1983.

In both form and content, a wonderfully... [more]

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