Lot n° 98
30000 - 40000
Result with fees
: 62 400EUR
HITCHCOCK ALFRED (1899-1980).
SKETCHES WITH AUTOGRAPH ANNOTATIONS, STORYBOARD for Stage Fright, [circa 1949]; 130 loose sheets 26,2 x 20,8 cm, in pencil, mostly only recto [only three leaves are drawn also on verso.Sketch of a profile behind scenes 103 and 104; sketch of a stage selting behind scenes 98 A, 98 B and 99). Original black cloth folder-binder, blindstamped with paper label on the front cover and inscription “J. Martin” in faded red ink and “Stage Fright / R.Todd / M. Dietrich / M. Wilding” in blue ink; preserved in a fitted case
Extraordinary autograph pre-production storyboard for Hitchcock’s 1950 film Stage Fright, comprising preparatory sketches for some three quarters of the film, including the infamous “false flashback” initial sequence, the rest of the first half of the film, the garden party scene and the finale. A rare collection of sketches and comments detailing how the legendary director crafted his scenes.
340 pencil drawings, drawn by Alfred HITCHCOCK, one drawing highlighted in blue, each sheet with three boxes (or cells) with 3 pencil sketches, 46 cells are left blank and 22 drawings were crossed out. Numbering in the left-hand margin in pencil and red crayon (1-152, 240-293, plus 8 leaves numbered in Roman numerals at the end for the final scenes: pursuit in the theatre; decapitation by the theatre’s security curtain and final scene), autograph annotations, directions and revisions throughout, one or two ‘camera angle’ diagrams sketched out on left-hand pages, the last few leaves a little creased and frayed at eges, one or two dampstains.
Stage Fright is a 1950 British film noir thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Wilding and Richard Todd. Stage Fright was shot in London and Elstree in 1949, on a brief sojourn from California where Hitchcock had been working since 1940, and in some ways it was a return to the style (and humour) of his earlier British films. It is
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