A mint condition hardcover script of Barbet Schroeder’s 1987 Charles Bukowski adaptation Barfly, signed by the author himself and members of the cast.
Starring Mickey Rourke as iconic literary drunkard Henry Chinaski, Barfly is based on Bukowski’s Hollywood exploits during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. As Bukowski’s alter-ego, cynical alcoholic Chinaski is a fiercely intelligent writer who works dead-end jobs while submitting his poems and short stories to publications for money. The film follows his exploits and views on life, including his relationship with fellow alcoholic Wanda (Faye Dunaway).
Covered with a protective plastic sleeve, the hardback script is number 19 of just 166 autographed, numbered, handbound copies printed in July 1987 for the Black Sparrow Press. It is signed by Bukowski himself on the rear pages beneath an official authentication from Black Sparrow Press. The front pages feature the signatures of Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway and Barbet Schroeder.
On the front cover is a monochrome shot of Rourke, Dunaway and Bukowski in a simple red and yellow design printed with the film title and author’s name. The centre of the book features a generous selection of black-and-white on-set photographs by Michael Montfort and Andrew Cooper, depicting the principal actors and Bukowski in his cameo role. The book also contains a cast list, character descriptions and publisher’s note.
Each page is unmarked and unfolded, with only very minor marking to the corner edges of the front cover. As such, the book remains in near-mint condition and makes a prize collector’s piece for fans of Bukowski’s work.
Materials: Paper, Card.
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.