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ROEG, Nicolas.) VIDAL, Gore.
Gore Vidal's Caligula. First draft screenplay.
Rome: Penthouse-Rossellini Productions, 20 October 1975. Folio (290 x 205 mm). Perfect bound in unlettered bronze-effect gloss laminate card wrappers, black cloth backstrip. Internally clean and fresh. Title page, introductory note, and 187 folios, printed on rectos only. From the library of the film director and cinematographer Nicolas Roeg (1928-2018), with a pencilled note to that effect at the head of the title page by his wife Harriett Roeg. Together with a 20-page sheaf of copy typescript "Background notes for a screenplay on 'Caligula' by Gore Vidal", loosely inserted. The controversial film was not released until 1979. The director Tinto Brass extensively altered Vidal's original screenplay, leading Vidal to disavow the film, and the producer, Bob Guccione, owner of the men's magazine Penthouse, inserted explicit pornographic scenes in post-production. Nicolas Roeg, who had his own tangles with controversy, especially with his films Performance (1970) and Bad Timing (1980), was no doubt interested to read the original intended screenplay before its despoliation.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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