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Vonnegut, Kurt) Geller, Stephen

Published by Universal Studios, n.p. (1970)

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From: Ed Smith Books, ABAA (Bainbridge Island, WA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Universal Studios, n.p., 1970. Paperback. First edition thus. 4to. 183 mimeographed pages. The First Draft of the screenplay by Stephen Geller adapting Vonnegut's most famous book Slaughterhouse-Five. Brad-bound in green Universal Studios card covers, with "First Draft Screenplay" in the upper right hand corner. Production No. 00114. Title page present. The first draft is considerably more elusive than the more common final draft. Upon reading this first draft you wonder if Geller had actually read the book. Significantly different to the final draft which was quite true to Vonnegut's wonderful novel. The film was faithfully directed by George Roy Hill and starred Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Valerie Perrine, Holly Near, among others. Hill did a herculean task bringing the power of this classic book to the screen. "Listen: Billie Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." The opening words of the famous novel are the quickest summary of this haunting, funny film. Director Hill faithfully renders for the screen Vonnegut's obsessive story of Billy Pilgrim, who survives the 1945 fire-bombing of Dresden in World War Two (just like Vonnegut did himself), then lives simultaneously in his past as a young American POW (just as Vonnegut did), in the future as a well-cared-for resident of a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore, and in the present as a middle-aged optometrist in Illium, New York. The film won the Hugo Award in 1973 for the Best Dramatic Presentation, the director George Roy Hill won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival (1972), and the film won the Golden Scroll award for Best Science Fiction Film (1973). A few small stains to pages else near fine in dust soiled covers. A very good plus to near fine copy. Seller Inventory # ESB11755

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Vonnegut, Jr., Kurt (novel); George Roy Hill (director); Stephen Geller (screenwriter); Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Valerie Perrine (starring)

Published by Universal Pictures, Universal City, CA (1970)

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From: Royal Books, Inc., ABAA (Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Universal Pictures, Universal City, CA, 1970. Revised Final Draft script for the 1972 film. Based on the 1969 novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., a unique blend of history, fantasy, and humor. Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time, visiting different periods in his own life. At one point he is a soldier during WWII, another period has him working as an optometrist in New York, and a third phase of his life takes place on Tralfamadora, an alien planet. Shot on location in Czech Republic and in Minnesota. Winner of a Golden Scroll from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The second Vonnegut adaptation, after Mark Robson's "Happy Birthday, Wanda June" (1971).Red titled wrappers, noted as FINAL DRAFT SCREENPLAY on the front wrapper, production No. 02049, dated December 21, 1970. Title page present, dated December 21, 1970, noted as Final Draft Screenplay, with credits for screenwriter Geller, novelist Vonnegut, and producer Paul Monash. 135 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 134. Mechanically reproduced no eye-rest green stock, with pink revision pages throughout, dated variously between 12/23/70 and 1/6/71. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with three gold brads.Lentz, p. 1526. Seller Inventory # 137500

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