Saturday 29 July 2023

Exhibiting a Dollar Collection by Travis Trewin

Exhibiting a Dollar Collection by Travis Trewin
After the Archive’s friend Travis Trewin from Melbourne, Australia got in touch, he informed me of how he exhibited some of his collection in 2022. As Travis works in video, he shot a nice little piece which displays some great examples. Travis was very kind enough to share this here for the Leone / Eastwood fans. Thank you, Travis. 
Original exhibition Information 
A Fistful of Posters. This exhibition is the culmination of a forty-year fascination with the films of Sergio Leone and a love of film poster art.

The first time I saw A Fistful of Dollars on VHS as a teenager, I remember being totally captivated by the arid landscapes, big close-ups, dubbed voices and piercingly emotive soundtrack.  It was unlike anything I had seen before and I was spellbound. This led me to hastily watch all of Leone’s films; each being more remarkable than the last.

In 1990 I discovered a film poster shop called ‘Moviola’ in Little Collins Street, Melbourne.  Flicking through the hundreds of posters and lobby cards, I found a set of sepia-toned lobby cards depicting scenes from For a Few Dollars More. The excitement of seeing the film for the first time came flooding back to me and I knew I needed them on my bedroom wall. 

I would frequent that shop many more times over the next decade, looking for Leone and Eastwood titles, until something called the ‘internet’ opened a whole new world of collecting possibilities. 

My collecting urge went up several notches in 1997 when, in a book called Film Posters of the 60’s, I found a trio of Italian ‘photobustas’ portraying Eastwood, Van Cleef and Volonté in For a Few Dollars More. They were more magnificent than anything I could have imagined and sparked a treasure hunt to track down all three posters.  They slowly popped up, one by one, and I completed the set 25 years later.

With the advent of streaming services, in recent years I have been able to explore a wider range of the hundreds of spaghetti westerns that were made in the deserts of Spain. I now enjoy finding obscure poster artwork for these films from countries such as Argentina and the former Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia.I hope you enjoy this exhibition as much as I have enjoyed piecing it together over the last 32 years

Below: Travis with some of his collection
Below: A Fistful of Posters Exhibition Video

Tuesday 25 July 2023

DVDvision n°2 le Mook Clint Eastwood & Dirty Harry update

DVDvision n°2 le Mook Clint Eastwood & Dirty Harry update

I just wanted to thank and congratulate our friend David Fakrikian, author of DVDVision for his work on the fabulous new books on Clint Eastwood & Dirty Harry. I know fans that have ordered these books had them begin to arrive over the weekend. I would like to point out to anyone who ordered all 3 editions to be patient if a package arrives containing just 1 edition or 2. David informed me that these orders had to be split for postal reasons. So, they will all arrive, probably within a week of each other.
There was a slight completion delay, but this was only due to David’s insistence on quality. If David was not happy with the proofs coming back to him, he would simply reject them until the publishers got it right – so I could never knock David for that, it was well worth the wait.
The books are all French text of course, but the layout and use of images are of the highest standard. The Archive was very proud and happy to be involved, it’s been a good journey. 
You can still check out and order the books by visiting David’s website at the link HERE     

For a Few Dollars More, Rare U.S. Continuity Script by Travis Trewin

For a Few Dollars More, Rare U.S. Continuity Script by Travis Trewin
Here is a wonderful little piece written by friend of the Archive, Travis Trewin. Based in Australia, all of the following images are from his private collection and we thank him for sharing. 

Travis said, ‘This is a Combined Continuity Script for the film FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. Created by Laura Rosser’s Film Continuity Service in Hollywood, California, on October 3rd, 1966, for the United Artist’s release of the film in America on 10th May 1967.

A Combined Continuity Script (CCS) is an extremely labour-intensive post-production script that includes a shot-by-shot description of the visual and audible content of the film, complete with the frame-precise time codes, visual description of the action on the screen, graphics, forced narratives and dialogue.  It is therefore not a traditional production script used on the film set by the director and crew, but a far more detailed script of the final film print.

When a production is distributed internationally, the CCS serves as a guide that provides compliance (censorship) officers the information they need to conform the production to the legal standards of their region. It’s a necessary part of deliverables to networks or a studio and is an invaluable tool to re-edit the content if needed for different market sensibilities.

A CCS is also very helpful with subtitling and dubbing a film into foreign languages. Once the in and out timecode of the dialogue has been captured on paper, the duration can be calculated and the dubber has a precise idea of the time that is available to fit in the dialogue in the foreign language.
It is unknown how many copies of this CSS were made, but there is evidence of only two surviving copies. In auction records, this copy sold on emovieposter in 2017 for $401.00, and then again in 2021 for $615.00’ (to its current custodian, Travis).

‘A second copy, evident by different aging patterns and some writing in pencil on the front cover, sold on emovieposter in 2015 for $85.00, then on Heritage Auctions in 2018 for $218.00 and again in 2019 for $480.00. A CCS for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly sold on emovieposter in 2017 for $486.00. This appears to be the only record of one surfacing or selling. There seems to be no record of one for a Fistful of Dollars.’
We would like to thank Travis for this detailed account and contribution to the Archive. it really offers a great insight as well as a great education for people who are perhaps unfamiliar with the purpose of a Combined Continuity Script. Many thanks Travis. 

Below: Some samples from the For a Few Dollars More Continuity Script
Below: The second copy of the script known to exist
Below: The CCS for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly sold in 2017 for $486.00

Wednesday 19 July 2023

Rare Where Eagles Dare Norwegian film tie-in paperback

Rare Where Eagles Dare Norwegian film tie-in paperback

Every now and then, something a bit special turns up that really surprises me. I have to say, I had never seen this version of  a Where Eagles Dare tie-in paperback before. This particular version is Norwegian and carries the Nordic title Ørneredet. Whilst the cover shot was widely used in the film's publicity campaign, it's a little surprising that it would appear as the cover of the paperback. I think it's striking and works really well and had to be posted here, as well as on our dedicated Where Eagles Dare page.. 

A big thank you to Steve Saragossi for unearthing this rarely seen gem. 

Monday 17 July 2023

A Fistful of Dollars (Pour une Poignée de Dollars) Rare French release poster of 1966

A Fistful of Dollars (Pour une Poignée de Dollars) Rare French release poster of 1966

I was inspired to put this small piece together after a new friend to the Archive, Travis Trewin got in touch with a seldomly seen poster (from his collection) for A Fistful of Dollars. The poster (23.6” x 31.5”) (60 cm x 80 cm) was apparently produced for a screening dating from 1966 and from within the Bordeaux region of France. It’s certainly an interesting poster, what is immediately apparent is that it features no actual image of Eastwood. instead, the central area is dominated by members of the film’s Rojo family. Esteban Rojo (Sieghardt Rupp) is clearly seen with whip in hand and suggests that the shot was taken shortly before the film’s climax where Silvanito (José Calvo) is tied and suspended from outside the tavern.  

It’s a real curiosity, remembering of course that A Fistful of Dollars had its premiere in Italy during September of 1964. France’s premiere took place in the March of 1966 – some 18 months later… According to the French film press at the time, A Fistful of Dollars was doing great business all over Italy and they were keen to exploit and publish the grosses from the film. Yes, Eastwood’s name still headlined the poster, but it remains a mystery as to why an image of the poncho-clad, anti-hero of the film still remained missing? 

Travis, who is based in Australia, informed me that he has only ever seen one other copy of the poster, so we can safely assume that there aren’t too many about today. My thanks to Travis for sharing this poster, we look forward to featuring more of his contributions. 

 Below: The French regional poster for A Fistful of Dollars

Below: Some French trade magazines were eager to show the success of A Fistful of Dollars in Italy
Below: A couple of original lobby cards for the French release of A Fistful of Dollars

Monday 3 July 2023

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #39

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #39

We open the month of July with another great Photo Opportunity. There isn't anything too spectacular to add to this one really, it's just a great shot of Clint relaxing close to his home in Carmel during December 1976. In terms of the Eastwood timeline, Clint had finished filming The Enforcer (which was in the can and due for release in this same month). Clint was probably enjoying a short Christmas / New Year break before embarking on his next movie The Gauntlet (1977) which would begin filming in the April of 1977.