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Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom 1959 Playbill "Rashomon" Signed Autograph
Playbill for The Music Box Theatre-"Rashomon"-1959-6" X 9"-32 pages-theatre program. This vintage Playbill features the 1959 Production of "Rashomon" starring Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom.Akutagawa's two short stories "Rashomon" (1915 - AKA "The Rashomon Gate") and "In a Grove" (1921 - AKA "The Cedar Grove") were famously fused and adapted as the basis for Akira Kurosawa's award-winning film "Rashomon" (1950), screenplay by Akutagawa and frequent collaborator Shinobu Hashimoto. In 1951 the film won an honorary International Academy Award, following the success of the film in winning a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival in the same year. The Kurosawa and Hashimoto screenplay deviates from Akutagawa's original stories in a number of ways, most notably by allowing a note of hope to triumph over Akutagawa's dark pessimism.
This 1959 Broadway adaptation ran for six months (January-June) at the Music Box Theatre, New York, starring husband and wife Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom. The Kanin's production was nominated for three Tony awards.The Kanins' somewhat sentimental script sticks closely to the film, including elements added by Kurosawa that do not appear in Akutagawa's original short stories. The Kanins later went on to write the film screenplay for the Western "The Outrage", which also credits Akutagawa (but not Hashimoto). "The Outrage" was one of several Westerns based on Kurosawa's films, most notably John Sturges' "The Magnificent Seven", adapted from Kurosawa's historical epic "Seven Samurai" (1960) and Sergio Leone's ground-breaking "Sphagetti Western" "A Fistful of Dollars/Per un pugno di dollari" (1964). The Kanin's script was also staged on US television as a "Play of the Week" (1960).The Playbill has been autographed on the front cover by Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom..............BOTH PLAYBILL AND AUTOGRAPHS ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION...............