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This American film and television director was only the third director to win both an Academy Award and a Cannes Palme d'Or for the same film ("Marty," 1955); other films include "Desire Under the Elms" (1958), "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1960), "A Gathering of Eagles" (1963) and "David Copperfield" (1969). TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Los Angeles, CA, 1978 November 3. Addressed to noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar ARNOLD F. GATES (1914-93). Near fine. On "Richmond-Confederate Productions, Inc." letterhead, Mann chats with this friend from his days in New York in the 1950s. "I was involved in doing a television film during the early part of the summer," he writes, "and then was off to Ireland where I spent the last two months preparing a film which, unfortunately, has collapsed because of a failure in the financing plans. So now I am back here, not knowing for sure what I will be doing next, but left free to try to catch up on my old correspondence! Maybe sometime we will be able to get the [Robert E.] Lee project off the ground. Money has been promised from various sources, but as yet hasn't materialized. I have learned to count on nothing in this crazy business, so it may happen with surprising suddenness, or it may not happen at all." Signed simply "Del" in green marker. Mann directed a number of made-for-television movies around this time, making it difficult to determine exactly which film he was filming "during the early part of the summer." And it seems this film involving General Lee never came to pass, for nothing resembling this appears in the Mann filmography. An interesting letter. Bookseller Inventory # 28288
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