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Altered States (Original screenplay for the - Russell, Ken (director); Paddy Cha - 1979. [1221025]
Simcha Productions / Warner Brothers, Burbank, CA 1979 - Revised Draft script for the 1980 film. Copy ostensibly belonging to a wardrobe designer, with notations regarding costuming throughout. Based on the 1978 novel by Paddy Chayefsky, who also wrote the screenplay, as Sidney Aaron. Director Ken Russel's first American film, itself an "altered state" during production. Russell was constantly inebriated on the set, and had the actors mumble their lines in objection to Chayefsky's script, however he kept most of the original writing to prevent from being sued. Chayefsky was subsequently banned from the set, and denounced the film even before production began.Edward Jessup (Hurt, in his film debut) is a Harvard student studying schizophrenia, believing that other states of human consciousness are as real as waking states. Inevitably, Jessup, now a professor, experiments with a sensory deprivation tank, travels to Mexico to participate in Ayahuasca ceremonies, and returns to the US with tinctures he acquired from elders involved in the ceremonies. He begins taking the tincture orally during his deprivation tank experiments, with drastic, genetically altering effects. Drew Barrymore makes her film debut as well, as one of Jessup's children.Set in Boston, shot on location in New York, California, Massachusetts, and Mexico. Nominated for two Academy Awards. Yellow titled wrappers. Title page present, dated Feb. 1, 1979, noted as Revised, with credits for writer Chayefsky, director Russell, and producers Howard Gottfried and Daniel Melnick. 121 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 120. Mechanically reproduced, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 2/9/79 and 2/12/79. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.Lentz, p. 846. Weldon (1983), p. 10. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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