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    USA Film Festival Correspondence Archive from G. William Jones. This innocuous black three-ring binder contains a fantastic collection of signed letters from an astounding assortment of actors, producers, and directors, written over several years to USA Film Festival co-founder and Southern Methodist University cinema professor Dr. G. William Jones. Spanning the period from December 23, 1969, to November 18, 1991, the 52 pieces of correspondence featured here come from Dr. Jones' personal collection, and offer a fair amount of insight into the filmmaking process and film festival experience in general. Highlights include typed, signed letters from directing giants Joseph Mankiewicz, Ingmar Bergman, and George Cukor; a two-page signed letter from Robert Wise, dated December 30, 1980, in which he lists his favorite personal projects; three typed, signed letters and one handwritten letter from William Wyler dating from August 2, 1974 to November 12, 1978, regarding a career retrospective and other topics; a typed, three signed letters from Frank Capra, dated from 1972 to 1976; and a typed, signed "thank you" from Gene Autry dated February 4, 1987. Included are more signed missives from Rouben Mamoulian, Gene Kelly, Greer Garson, James Caan, Doris Day, Charlton Heston (four of them), James Stewart (two), and others. Also included is a folder of letters and news clippings relating to a screening of Easy Rider at SMU in 1969 that featured Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson in attendance. The items are in overall Excellent condition with only a few instances of light wear and/or tanning. A thrilling, unique item. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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