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WATERSHIP DOWN (1978) Press kit

WATERSHIP DOWN (1978) Press kit Richard Adams (source) Los Angeles: Avco Embassy Pictures, [1978]. Vintage original film press kit, printed portfolio, 12 x 9″ (31 x 23 cm.), with 18 borderless 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white print still photos laid in, and ten promotional inserts, of between 1 and 13 pp. in length. Slight creasing to edges of printed wrappers, overall just near fine.

A beloved animated film of the late 1970s, and a very scarce promotional press kit, amply Illustrated, with extensive information about the film.

UNMARRIED WOMAN, AN (1978) Press kit

AN UNMARRIED WOMAN (1978) Press kit [Hollywood]: Twentieth Century Fox, 1978. Vintage original film press kit, printed portfolio, 12 x 9″ (31 x 23 cm.), with 10 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white print still photos laid in, and fifteen promotional inserts, of between 1 and 3 pp. in length. Some wear to extremities of the printed folder, a few circlings of text in pencil, overall near fine in very good+ printed portfolio wrappers.

Paul Mazursky wrote and directed Jill Clayburgh in this classic feminist film.

Erica is unmarried only temporarily, in that her successful, wealthy husband of seventeen years has just left her for a girl he met while buying a shirt in Bloomingdale’s. This movie shows Erica coming to terms with the break-up, while revising her opinions of herself, redefining that self in its own right rather than as an extension of somebody else’s personality, and finally going out with another man. Erica refuses to drop everything for Saul, an abstract expressionist painter, simply out of love for him, because he expects her to. It is not so much loneliness that is her problem, and the problems that men, flitting around this newly ‘available’ woman like moths round a flame, bring to her sense of independence.” (Wikipedia)

GREASED LIGHTNING (1977) Press kit

[Burbank]: Warner Brothers, 1977. Vintage original press kit, 12 x 9″, printed folder, ten photos approximately 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) laid in, along with twelve loose inserts, between 1 and 4 pp. each. One page of text tanned, overall NEAR FINE or better.

Richard Pryor starred, along with Pam Grier, in this film about African American race car driver Wendell Scott. The studio was promoting this as Pryor’s first starring role.

GREATEST, THE (1977) Press kit

(Muhammad Ali) Burbank: Columbia Pictures, 1977. Vintage original press kit, 12 x 9″ (31 x 23 cm.), printed folder, fourteen (14) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white print still photos laid in brown envelope, 11,3,2,2,2,2 pp. Some creasing to edges of folder, NEAR FINE or better.

Muhammad Ali starred as himself in a dramatized version of his life story, adapted from Ali’s autobiography, The Greatest: My Own Story, with screenplay by Ring Lardner, Jr.

A number of distinguished African American actors appeared in supporting roles, among them James Earl Jones, Paul Winfield and Roger Mosley.

PURPLE RAIN (1984) Press kit

[Hollywood]: Warner Brothers, 1984. Vintage original press kit, 12 x 9″ (30 x 23 cm.) printed folder, with eleven (11) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white print still photos laid in, and four (4) printed supplements, varying from 1 to 13 pp. each. Light creasing to edges of outer folder, generally JUST ABOUT FINE.

LENNY (1974) Press kit

[Hollywood]: United Artists, 1974. Vintage original press kit, printed folder, 11 1/2 x 9″ (29.5 x 23 cm.). Covers show wear at extremities. Seventeen (17) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white print still photos laid in loosely, along with extensive text, consisting of 14 inserts varying from 2 to 6 pp. Generally NEAR FINE.

Bob Fosse’s classic film about the life and career of Lenny Bruce, in which Dustin Hoffman played the troubled and brilliant comedian. The film received 7 Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

CONVERSATION, THE (1974) Press kit

New York: Paramount Pictures, [1974]. Vintage original press kit. Printed folder, 11 1/2 x 9″ (29.5 x 23 cm.), with extensive text, consisting of thirteen 2 pp. inserts, one 3 pp. insert, three 4 pp. inserts and one 6 pp. insert, and five 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white print still photos laid in loosely. Covers lightly creased, overall NEAR FINE.

As the Watergate scandal was unfolding in 1974, writer-director Francis Ford Coppola created this haunting film about a paranoid surveillance expert (Gene Hackman) who increasingly comes to believe that a couple whom he is surveilling are about to be murdered.

The film, which can surely be considered a major neo-noir movie, makes very effective use of its San Francisco locations, making it a rather eerie time capsule of early 1970s San Francisco.


Burbank: Warner Brothers, 1974. Vintage original 12 x 9″ (31 x 23 cm.) press kit, printed portfolio, with 12 promotional inserts, 1 and 2 pp. each, thirteen (13) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) photos, title written at extreme left of front cover, NEAR FINE.

Martin Scorsese’s fourth film, about a recently widowed woman who sets out on the road with her precocious young son, determined to create a new life for herself and create a career as a singer.

TAXI DRIVER (1976) Press kit – 1

Burbank: Columbia Pictures, 1976. Vintage original 12 x 9″ (31 x 23 cm.) press kit, printed portfolio, with 1 p. screening itinerary for East Coast critics, with 6 bios of principals varying from 2 to 4 pp., two different 17 pp. booklets about the film, and seven (7) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) photos, accompanied by a 2 pp. list of photo captions, near fine.

Martin Scorsese’s classic film about an alienated and increasingly deranged loser, in which Robert De Niro gave a classic performance.


[Hollywood]: Twentieth Century Fox, 1975. Vintage original 12 x 9″ (31 x 23 cm.) press kit, printed portfolio, with twelve 1 and 2 pp. promotional inserts and one 9 pp. Production Information Guide, 14 photos, mostly 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.), JUST ABOUT FINE.

The original 70s transgressive classic. “Uses the icons and conventions of two different genres in order and contrast and critique the social and cultural meanings found in them…by combining the horror film and the musical and by demonstrating that, although they are both queer in many ways, they are ultimately incompatible.” (Benshoff and Griffin, Queer Images, pp. 147-8)

BLAZING SADDLES (1974) Press kit

[Hollywood]: Warner Brothers, [1974]. Vintage original 12 x 9″ (31 x 23 cm.) press kit, printed portfolio, 12 printed promotional inserts (1 and 2 pp. each), 9 borderless photos, mostly 8 x 9 1/2″ (20 x 24 cm.), covers slightly creased, with title handwritten on side, overall NEAR FINE or better.

Mel Brooks’ crazed revisionist Western, from a script which Richard Pryor worked on, in which Cleavon Little memorably plays a black sheriff in a very racist western town.

GLORY (1989) Press kit

[Hollywood]: Tri-Star Pictures, 1989. Vintage original 9 x 12″ (23 x 30 cm.) press kit, USA. Printed pictorial portfolio, with 8 printed supplements of between 1 and 3 pp., a 33 pp. pamphlet, and thirteen (13) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) photos. Some creasing to portfolio, FINE in NEAR FINE covers.

Major African American acting talent was on display in this Civil War film, including Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Andre Braugher.

DO THE RIGHT THING (1989) Press kit

Spike Lee (screenwriter, director) Hollywood: Universal Pictures, 1989. Vintage original press kit, USA. Quarto, pictorial folder, one page of text and fourteen (14) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white photos laid in. Some scuffing to the folder, photos FINE in VERY GOOD+ folder.

Bogle, Hollywood Black, pp. 184-185: “A blistering and often brilliant look at America’s festering racial divisions… DO THE RIGHT THING exposed a nation’s denial of ongoing though suppressed racial conflicts.”

An array of important Black actors appeared in this film, including Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito and Martin Lawrence.

JULIA (1977) Press kit

Lillian Hellman (source) Vintage original press kit, USA, Printed folder, with fifteen (15) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) photos laid in a paper sleeve, with twenty-three (23) printed promotional texts, about 60 pp. of text overall. Creasing and shelf wear to folder (particularly to spine), internally very good+.

Adapted from a section of Lillian Hellman’s memoir PENTIMENTO, this acclaimed film by director Fred Zinneman portrays an episode in Hellman’s life, when she reunites with her girlhood friend Julia in Germany, and embarks on a dangerous anti-Nazi mission.

LET’S DO IT AGAIN (1975) Press kit

[“NEWS AND FEATURE SERVICES”] Vintage original press kit, USA. Sidney Poitier (actor, director), Bill Cosby, Ossie Davis, Jimmie Walker; Warner Brothers. Printed folder, with 13 loose 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) photos, with some a little smaller, and about 20 press releases, for a total of at least 40 pp. of descriptive text. A few notes in ink on front cover, near fine.

In the previous year the same team made the comedy UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT, which was very successful, and they followed that up with this sequel. Poitier, who had directed that film, also served as director on this sequel.

As is most often the case with press kits of the 1970s, this is a very scarce piece, and the OCLC records no known copies of it.

CLEOPATRA JONES (1973) Press kit

Vintage original press kit [“NEWS AND FEATURE SERVICES”], printed folder, laid in loosely 7 glassine sleeves, containing a total of seventeen (17) 8 x10″ (20 x 25 cm.) photos, a few a bit smaller, both those sleeves and the folder itself contain a total of about 12 press releases, with a total of about 30 pp. of promotional text, USA. Housed in original mailing envelope, NEAR FINE. Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes, Antonio Fargas, dir: Jack Starrett; Warner Brothers.

One of the Blaxploitation classics. The statuesque Tamara Dobson made an enormous impression in the title role, which led to an inevitable sequel. Press kits of this era are very scarce, and there are no known copies listed in OCLC.


Vintage original press kit, printed folder, quarto, 7 pp., with fourteen (14) 10 x 8″ (25 x 20 cm.) black-and-white print still photos laid in. Folder NEAR FINE, contents FINE. Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Peter Hinwood, dir: Jim Sharman; Twentieth Century Fox.

Russo, pp. 52-3: “A truly subversive and anarchistic film on the subjects of sexuality, movies, sex roles, and the homosexual as monster… [Lead character] Frank N Furter is an androgyny who comes from outer space, from a galaxy called Transsexual and a planet called Transylvania.”

OCLC only records one copy of a 1985 later edition.

BELL JAR, THE (1979) Press kit

Sylvia Plath (source) Vintage original press kit, USA. Los Angeles: AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1979. Ca. 100+ leaves. Quarto. Nineteen separate mechanically reproduced typescripts, ranging from 1 to 11 leaves each, most stapled, printed on rectos only. Accompanied by twenty-two (22) 8 x 10″ borderless black-and-white stills, with captions. Enclosed in over-size printed studio folder (a bit rubbed and with fraying along the extended top edges). FINE in VERY GOOD- folder.

An extensive studio press kit promoting the 1979 film adaptation of Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel, based on a screenplay by Marjorie Kellogg, directed by Larry Peerce, and starring Marilyn Hassett, Julie Harris, Robert Klein, et al. The releases include extensive productions notes, a synopsis, biographical material, notes on Plath and the book, etc. This is a very scarce book, the only one which I have ever encountered.

TAXI DRIVER (1976) Press kit – 2

Vintage original press kit, 12 x 9″ (31 x 23 cm.), USA. Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, dir: Martin Scorsese; Columbia. Quarto, printed folder, 17, 2 pp. with thirteen (13) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white photos. NEAR FINE.

Taxi Driver is one of the acknowledged classics of modern American film. This press kit is exceedingly scarce.

BOY AND HIS DOG, A (1976) Press kit

Vintage original presskit, USA. Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Jr., dir: L.Q. Jones; L. Q. Jaf. Quarto, 12 x 9” (31 x 23 cm.), pictorial folder,17 leaves of text, plus 7 8 x 10” (20 x 25 cm.) photos, of which 5 have long quibs attached (of which some are single page, and others multi-page). Folder shows moderate rubbing and edgewear, NEAR FINE.

Writer-director chose to release this film himself, rather than go through a normal distribution route. The result was that, although it had received acclaim at various film festivals, it got very minimal theatrical release, and, hence, original ephemera from it are seldom seen.

Harlan Ellison (of whom there is a portrait included in the folder) stated that this post-apocalyptic movie was one of the few adaptations of his work which was true to it. It was adapted from his 1969 novella, first published in NEW WORLDS

BLADE RUNNER (1982) Press kit

Printed folder, 12 x 9” (30 x 23 cm.),18 supplements, 9, 20, 4, 2, 4, 2, 3, ,3, 2, 3, 5, 2, 6, 2, 3, 3, 2 pp. (78 pp. in all, stapled together), with 21 photos, which vary from 6 ¼ x 10” (16 x 26 cm.) to 7 ¾ x 10” (20 x 26 cm.), includes the original printed studio envelope in which the presskit was mailed (folded once). Just about fine.

Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, dir: Ridley Scott; Warner Brothers.

The most complete example (and in the nicest condition!) of this scarce ephemeral portfolio which I have ever seen, both as to the total number of photos included (I have previously, but only once, had one with 18 photos, and not 21), and the completeness of the printed supplements included.

BIRD (1988) Press kit

Vintage original press kit, USA. Forest Whitaker, Samuel E. Wright, dir: Clint Eastwood; Warner Brothers. Quarto, 12 x 9″ (30 x 23 cm.), pictorial wrappers, 20 pp., with twenty-seven (27) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) photos laid in, minor creasing to booklet, overall just about fine.

Eastwood’s searing biography of bebop jazz legend Charlie Parker, graced by Whitaker’s intense performance, remains one of the few classic movies about jazz.

SHAFT (1971) Press kit

Vintage original 11 ½ x 9″(29 x 23 cm.) press kit, USA. Richard Roundtree, dir: Gordon Parks; MGM. Quarto, printed folder with die-cut window, twenty-three (23) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white print still photos, 11, 4, 2, 2, 2, 3, 2, 1, 3 pp., slight bumping to outer edges of folder, overall fine in near fine covers.

SHAFT remains one of the defining films of the Blaxploitation movement. The printed text appropriately talks about “NEW MARKET FOR FILMS”, as this film emerges precisely at the moment when African American cinema is beginning to emerge.

The set of photos is a very extensive archive of images from this classic film, and it contains a portrait of director Gordon Parks. This press kit is exceedingly scarce.

GODFATHER: PART II, THE (1974) Press kit

Vintage original press kit, USA. Printed folder, with twenty-five (25) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) photos, with affixed printed captions, and with 141 pp. of promotional text. Al Pacino, Talia Shire, Robert De Niro, dir: Francis Ford Coppola; Paramount. This press kit is an unusually scarce one; most of them were long ago broken up and sold for their individual photos.
There is some wear to the printed folder, overall NEAR FINE in VERY GOOD folder.

MILDRED PIERCE (1945) Set of 3 photos

New York: Warner Brothers, [1945]. Set of three (3) vintage original borderless 7 1/2 x 9 1/2″ (19 x 24 cm.) black-and-white print still photos, all with studio printed text affixed, JUST ABOUT FINE.

Joan Crawford as Mildred is in all three photos. Her co-stars Ann Blyth and Zachary Scott are each in two of them. One of them is the crucial scene at the police station at the film’s climax. Crawford won the Best Actress Oscar, and the film garnered five additional Oscar nominations.

These three photos are from a scarce set that would have been part of the film’s press kit, and are numbered “7(638-85)”, “8(638-100)” and “12(638-187)”.

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Collecting Academy Award Memorabilia

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FRANKENSTEIN (1931) Original tear sheet

Vintage original 9 ½ x 14 ½” (24 x 36 cm.) tear ad to be used for magazine and newspaper publications, USA. Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye, dir: James Whale; Universal. There is a one-inch tear at center right side, a bend with tiny tear at bottom right corner and a small tear at the bottom margin near the left corner. Hard to find and displays like a mini poster, near fine. 

The ultimate classic horror film! The story of an obsessed scientist who wants to create a living being from exhumed body parts. Bela Lugosi and John Carradine were offered the title role before Boris Karloff was cast, making him a film legend. Bette Davis and Leslie Howard were early casting choices for the Clive and Clarke roles.

This black-and-white mini poster is what is called a tear ad. It is the original promotional piece which was included in the original studio campaign materials which a magazine or newspaper could use for inclusion in their publication. It is not an ad torn from a magazine nor book, but issued on its own as a separate item in a campaign book or early press kit. It is one sided and has a light fold near center.

AMARCORD (1973) Set of 16 photos

Set of sixteen (16) vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photos, USA. Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia, Magali Noel, Titta Biondi, dir: Federico Fellini; PECF. Six (6) photos are from the press kit and have the NSS coding on them, from the American release by New World. The other ten (10) photos are issued by Warner Brothers, who handled the international release. All are in clean, only lightly used condition, ABOUT FINE.

Based on director Federico Fellini’s own childhood experiences, the story of a year in the life of a small Italian coastal town in the 1930s. Of course, the director’s “take” makes things magical and larger than life. Translated to English, the title means “I remember”.

The colorful characters of Fellini are present in the variety of images.

-AMARCORD -FedericoFellini


Vintage original press kit, printed folder, 4 to, 11 x 9″ (28 x 23 cm.), with twelve (12) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) photos with printed snipes attached on back, 25,3,5,4,2,8,4 pp., USA. Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, dir: Ridley Scott; Paramount. Ridley Scott’s first feature film, adapted from Joseph Conrad’s story “The Duel”. Extremely scarce, NEAR FINE.