A New Life

SEPTEMBER (FINAL WHITE SCRIPT FOR THE 1950 FILM SEPTEMBER AFFAIR). William Dieterle (director), Fritz Rotter, Robert Thoeren, and Andrew Solt (screenwriters), Kurt Weill and Victor Young (score).

[Los Angeles]: Paramount Pictures, Inc., June 13, 1949. 290 by 230mm (11½ by 9 inches). Generic plain card continuous wrapper with interior brass brads. Title page integral with distribution page with receipt removed. Title noted as Final white script #122 and SF88884. 152 leaves, with the last page of text numbered 148. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. In English. Title good, remaining pages Very Good; wrappers Fair with spine splitting. Pagination: [title], 1–19, 20 and 21 combined, 22–30, 31and32 combined, 33–35, 35A, 36–53, 53A–C, 54–148, [blank, 1].
6/15/49: 11–12, 16, 21–23, 31–32, 49, 57, 101–117
6/16/49: 118–121
6/17/49: 122–132
6/18/49 (goldenrod): 35A
10/18/49: 133–148
11/7/49: 53A–C

Along with 12 large format (10 by 8 inch) original studio production photographs.

An industrialist and a pianist meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they were not on the plane. This gives them the opportunity to live together free from their previous lives. The movie ends differently from this script. In the movie, the pianist realizes that she cannot stay with the industrialist and flies off to South America. In the script, the goodbye scene is at the industrialist’s house and includes a story-arc with his son.

Shot on location on the Isle of Capri, Naples, and Camparia Italy. The earliest American film with extensive location work in Italy.
Awards: Best original score Golden Globes, 1952. Nominee, Venice Film Festival, 1950.

EXILE: Written by a trio of exile authors.
Fritz Rotter (1900–1984) was an Austrian author, first forced to flee Berlin in 1933 because of his Jewish heritage (back to Austria) and then in 1936 to England. By 1937 he moved to the United States.

Robert Thoeren (1903–1957), a German screenwriter who also went into exile following the Nazi rise to power in 1933, first to France and then the United States.
Andrew P. Solt (1916–1990), was a Hungarian-born Hollywood screenwriter with one of the most unique emigration stories. His parents were Jewish and owned one of Budapest’s best hotels. In 1938 the Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Mundelein, attended a conference in Budapest and stayed at Solt’s family hotel. Solt worked the reception desk and met Mundelein by chance. The two of them hit it off and Mundelein offered to sponsor Solt to the United States. Solt took him up on the offer.

Another exile powerhouse partially wrote the score: Kurt Weill (1900–1950), one of Germany’s most important composers of the 20th century. His best-known work is The Threepenny Opera. As a prominent and popular Jewish composer, Weill was officially denounced and became a target of the Nazi authorities. He escaped to New York City in 1935.

At the time of cataloguing, no other copies for sale. OCLC only locates archival material” pertaining to the movie at the French National Library. AMPAS finds two holdings, including the Academy.


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