LES CREATURES [THE CREATURES] (1966) French film script


[Paris], 1966. Vintage original film script, 11 x 8 1/4″ (28 x 21 cm.), Tan untitled wrappers. Title page present, with credits for director Agnès Varda. 229 leaves, with last page of text numbered 227. Mimeographed, rectos only. Pages NEAR FINE, wrapper VERY GOOD, with soil to the front wrapper, bound with two gold brads. With a single holograph ink notation to the front wrapper. Laid in with the script is a set of seven typed revision pages, lightly marked with holograph ink notation checks next to each sequence, partially bound at the top left corner. Text in French.

A writer and his pregnant wife move to a remote island off the coast of France following a car accident that has rendered the wife mute. The writer begins to plan his next novel, using the local islanders as inspiration, but the locals are distrustful of the reclusive couple and tensions heighten as the line between reality and fiction begins to melt together.

Director Agnès Varda, an important and influential French director, writer, and artist, garnered praise as a filmmaker for her uncompromising documentary-style realism, focusing on women and marginalized members of society, as well as her experimental style. A colleague of Alain Resnais and other Rive Gauche filmmakers, her early work stylistically prefigures the French New Wave, to which she was an important contributor.

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