Landmark French movie script will auction priced €300,000


2015-06-26 12:00:31


Landmark French movie script will auction priced 300,000

Jacques Prvert's screenplay for 1938's seminal Le Quai des Brumes will appear for sale in Paris

A rareoriginal 500 page manuscript of a French cinema classic will be offered for sale by auction house Ader David Nordmann in Paris on June 9.

The manuscript is an original screenplay for the 1938 classic Le Quai des Brumes (or Port of Shadows), produced and directed by Marcel Carn and written by Jacques Prvert (pictured top right).

The film is a renowned example of the poetic realism genre

Carn's film was notable for bringing together the legendary French acting couple Jean Gabin and Michle Morgan onscreen for the very first time.

Prvert's script, based on the 1927 novel by Pierre Mac Orlan, is seen as a key example of the poetic realism genre and integral to the film's historic stature and legacy.

The script will appear for sale as part of a collection consigned by Eugenie Bachelot Prvert, Jacques Prvert's only granddaughter. It carries an estimate of 200,000-300,000.

As well as being a renowned poet and screenwriter Prvert participated actively in France's surrealist movement and the famed Rue du Chteau group, along with Marcel Duchamp.

The rare manuscript of Jacques Prvert's screenplay for Le Quai des Brumes

Among the other highlights from Prvert's collection is an oil painting by Picasso, and a gouache by Miro.

Fourteen autographed letters signed, illustrated and otherwise personalised by the likes of Matisse, Picasso, Miro and Chagall will also appear for sale.

The auction will take place at Drouot Richelieu in Paris.

Elsewhere, collectors of Marc Chagall may be interested inan authentic signed artwork by the artistthat is currentlyavailable on the market.

Asuperb print featuring a colourful woman dancing is a perfect entry-level investment for collectors, autographed by Chagall himselfand valued at 895 ($1,475).

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