Collection of Archival Film Director Portraits, Stills, and Negatives from Films Incorporated
Collection of Archival Film Director Portraits, Stills, and Negatives from Films Incorporated
Collection of Archival Film Director Portraits, Stills, and Negatives from Films Incorporated
Collection of Archival Film Director Portraits, Stills, and Negatives from Films Incorporated

Collection of Archival Film Director Portraits, Stills, and Negatives from Films Incorporated

This is a one-of-a-kind collection of rare portraits, production stills, and negatives of more than 100 legendary film directors. Found in a file cabinet formerly belonging to Films Incorporated, a Chicago-based 16mm film supplier and home video company that shuttered in the mid 1990s, this was their Director's Index, a collection of film stills, portraits, and negatives for company use.

I spoke with a former executive from Films Incorporated who shared with me the fascinating history of the company and the role this file played in their catalogs and elsewhere (and gave me his blessing to find a new home for this incredible collection). Before VHS and home video distribution, 16mm film prints could be purchased or leased through Films Incorporated by universities, schools, prisons, and other organizations. Films Incorporated mostly distributed films by MGM, 20th Century Fox, and RKO (later they added Orion, Tristar, and Columbia). They had several file cabinets of film stills and portraits that could be collated into these catalogs and press packets covering nearly every star and filmmaker from those studios. Though the fate of the Actors, Actresses, and other photo files may be lost to history, we are thrilled to have saved the Directors file and are excited to find it a new home. While this collection will obviously be of interest to private collectors of movie collectibles, I could also see these photos finding a home in a movie theater, library, or archive as these wonderful glossy stills beg to be framed and displayed. I suspect the many negatives throughout will be of particular value as well.

We are selling this file exactly as we found it, with intra-company memos, press packets, and other treasures still tucked away inside. The photos are sorted into file folders by director. As these were used in collages and catalogs, there are some cropping marks and paste residue on some of the photos. Many of the stills and portraits have studio stamps and press tags.

Contents are listed below, and additional photos of the collection are available upon request. Other reasonable offers considered.

Adler, Lou - 1 portrait
Aldrich, Robert - 1 clipping
Altman, Robert - 2 stills
Antonioni, Michaelangelo - 5 portraits
Arzner, Dorothy - 2 stills
Attenborough, Richard - 1 portrait
Bertel, Paul - 1 still
Becker, Harold - 1 still
Bergman, Ingmar - 5 stills, 6 negatives
Bertolucci, Bernardo - 2 stills
Bogdanovich, Peter - 3 stills
Boorman, John - 1 still
Boulting, Roy - 2 stills
Bozzetto, Bruno - 16 animation stills, 5 negatives
Brooks, Mel - 1 portrait
Brummer, Beau - 1 still
Bunuel, Luis - 3 portraits, 3 negatives
Carpenter, John - 2 portraits, 2 stills
Cassavettes, John - 1 still
Cayatte, Andre - 1 still
Chabrol, Claude - 2 stills
Clement, Rene - 1 still
Cocteau, Jean - 1 portrait, 1 negative
Coppola, Francis Ford - 2 stills
Corman, Roger - 1 portrait
Cukor, George - 2 portraits, 1 negative, 8 stills on 2 pages
Dante, Joe - 1 still
Demille, Cecil B. - 2 stills
Demme, Jonathan - 1 still
De Palma, Brian - 1 still
De Sica, Vittorio - 1 still, 1 portrait, 1 negative
"Directors" - miscellaneous files with 6 stills, 4 portraits, 4 negatives
"Director Quotes" - fille of quotes by and about these directors
Disney, Walt - many clippings from newspapers and magazines as well as catalogues and press releases
Donen, Stanley - 1 still
Eastwood, Clint - 1 still
Edwards, Blake - 1 still
Ellison, Harlan - 1 portrait, 1 press release
Fellini, Federico - 5 stills, 1 negative
Fields, W.C. - 3 stills
Fleming, Victor - 1 clipping
Forbes, Bryan - 1 still
Ford, John - 6 stills, 1 negative, 1 portrait, 1 "American Poet" retrospective press packet
Forman, Milos - 2 stills on 1 page
Fosse, Bob - 1 portrait
Frankenheimer, John - 1 still, 1 portrait
Glenville, Peter - 1 still
Goldwyn, Samuel - 1 portrait
Griffith, D.W. - 2 stills, 3 portraits
"GRP All-Stars Live" - VHS cover, 2 stills, 2 negatives
Hawks, Howard - 4 stills, 1 portrait
Hill, Walter - 2 stills
Hiller, Arthur - 1 still
Howard, William K. - 1 portrait
Huston, John - 1 still, 1 clipping
Ichikawa, Kon - 2 stills
"Joe Cool Live" - 2 promo photos, 3 negatives
Jones, LQ - 5 portraits (copies of same)
Kaufman, Philip - 1 still
Kazan, Elia - 1 still
Keaton, Buster - 1 still
Kramer, Stanley - 2 stills
Lang, Fritz - 4 stills
Leahy, James - 1 still
Lean, David - 2 stills
Lester, Richard - 1 still
Losey, Joseph - 1 still
Lubitsch, Ernst - 1 still
Lucas, George - 1 still
Lumet, Sydney - 1 still
Malick, Terrence - 1 still
Malle, Louis - 1 still
Mamoulien, R. - 2 stills
Mankiewiez, Joseph - 1 still
May, Elaine - 1 still
Mazursky, Paul - 3 portraits
Meyer, Russ - 1 portrait
Minnelli, Vincente - 3 stills
Moore, Alvy - 5 portraits
Nemoy, Leonard - 1 portrait
Newman, Paul - 1 still
Nichols, Mike - 1 still
Pakula, Alan - 1 still
Pal, George - 1 portrait
Parks, Gordon - 3 stills, 1 portrait
Pasolini, Pier - 11 stills, 5 portraits
Peckinpah, Sam - 1 still, 1 portrait
Penn, Arthur - 3 stills
Polanski, Roman - 1 still, 1 portrait
Pollack, Sydney - 1 still
Pontecorvo, Gillo - 1 still
Preminger, Otto - 4 stills, 2 portraits
Ray, Nicholas - 1 portrait
Ray, Satyajit - 2 portraits, 1 still, 1 internal memo regarding Ray
Renoir, Jean - 1 still
Resnais, Alan - 2 stills
Riefenstahl, Leni - 1 still, 1 portrait
Ritchie, Michael - 1 portrait
Ritt, Martin - 2 stills, 1 portrait
Robson, Mark - 1 still
Rosen, Martin - 2 portraits, 2 mimeographed press releases
Rossellini, Roberto - 1 portrait
Routt, Williem G. - 1 portrait
Siegel, Don - 1 portrait, 1 still
Sim, Alastair - 1 still
Spielberg, Steven - 1 portrait
Steinberg, Josef Von - 2 portraits
Vadim, Roger - 1 portrait
Von Stroheim, Erich - 1 portrait, 1 negative
Wajda, Andrzej - 2 portraits, 1 still
Welles, Orson - 1 still
Yates, Peter - 2 stills
Zeffirelli, Franco - 1 portrait
Zinnemann, Fred - 3 portraits. Item #448

Price: $4,500.00

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