Collection of Original Drawings and Documents from "Journey to the Center of the Earth"
by [Journey to the Center of the Earth] Bachelin, Franz. (1895-1980)
Used; Like New/Used; Like New. A remarkable and important collection of 178 original drawings, designs, and color samples by the Academy Award-nominated art director Franz Bachelin from the 1959 Jules Verne adaptationÂ Journey to the Center of the Earth,Â together with several original documents relating to the production of the film.Â The drawings include designs for almost every important location in the film, from set designs for the opening scenes in 1880's Edinburgh (with bagpipers on parade) to action scenes of the whirlpool at the Earth's core, the attack of a winged lizard, and the lost city of Atlantis. 145 drawings are in black ink and graphite on 8.5 x 11" sheets, hole-punched, each labeled with a scene number, and many with other indications; 5 are in colored pencil, 9 x 8." A further 4 larger plans on tracing paper, approx. 22-26 x 9", show Bachelin's meticulous planning of the final sequence of adventure scenes, and the geographical location of the lost city of Atlantis!Â Also with the drawings are 10 small cards, 3 x 5 to 6 x 7", bearing vibrant sample color and texture schemes in marbleized patterns; 13 mimeographed 10 x 5" copies of drawings of the "prehistoric animal fight" showing dinosaurs battling it out in the water; andÂ a lovely small painting of a tree and a sunset on card, 5.5 x 4.5".Â Together with the drawings are several documents from the production of the film, including: a set construction estimate [4 pp.; May 12, 1959]; a large production cross plot showing the complete filming schedule over 52 days [1 p.; June 9, 1959]; a complete list of the crew members (including a duck trainer!) with phone numbers [1 p.; June 15, 1959]; a chart showing the total, labor, and materials costs for each of the elaborate set and location shoots - over $449,000 [2 pp.; December 3, 1959]; a typed copy of the film's credit [1 p.; n.d.];Â and a telegram inviting Bachelin to a pre-Academy Awards cocktail party for nominees [1 p.; n.d.].The drawings are in fine to very fine condition overall, with only slight toning, a few with slight tears or corner creases; one of the larger tracing paper drawings is in delicate condition with some creasing and tearing due to the paper. The documents are in good to fine condition, some with toning, creases and tears.Overall a superb collection of drawings and materials from this iconic adventure film.Journey to the Center of the Earth, a loose adaptation by Charles Brackett from the novel by Jules Verne, was directed by Henry Levin and starred James Mason, Pat Boone and Arlene Dahl. Released in 1959, it was a box office success, pleasing audiences with its fantastical plot, sets, and special effects (a particular feature were iguanas with glued-on fins, playing the part of dimetrodons!)Â The film was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Lyle R. Wheeler, Franz Bachelin, Herman A. Blumenthal, Walter M. Scott, Joseph Kish), Best Effects, Special Effects and Best Sound (Carlton W. Faulkner).
(Inventory #: 13256)
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