Item #6888 The Lover. Jean-Jacques Annaud, Marguerite Duras, Jane March, Tony Leung, Jeanne Moreau, director, author, stars.

The Lover. [Film Poster]

Los Angeles: Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, 1992. One-sheet color photo-illustrated poster (measures 24" x 36").

"He would love her until his death." One-sheet poster for the release of Jean-Jacques Annaud’s 1992 adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s semi-autobiographical novel (1984). Based on real events from her life, the story is set in prewar Indochina and details an illicit love affair between a 14-year-old girl and a man twelve years her senior. While Duras had been famous in France for several years, the Prix-Goncourt-winning book earned her an international reputation as one of the most distinguished writers in Europe. The $24 million production–the costliest French film at the time–was shot in Vietnam and starred Jane March as the Young Girl, Tony Leung Ka-fai as her paramour, with Jeanne Moreau as the narrator. Annaud initially collaborated with Duras on the script, but opwing to creative differences he finished it with Gérard Brach. He later publicly accused Duras of trying to take "complete control," commenting to the press that she "saw herself as a living God before whom we were supposed to prostrate ourselves, mouths agape." Furious, Duras wrote a retelling of the work, which she published as The North China Lover: A Novel (1991). A few ink notes to verso. Bottom right corner chipped, light creasing and edgewear. Very good. Item #6888