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Photographic reproductions of archive materials from the Biblioteca-Museo Luigi Pirandello (BMLP, Library- Museum Luigi Pirandello, Agrigento, Sicily) are exhibited by permission of the Assessorato Regionale BB.CC.AA. and P.I. of the Sicilian Region. We are grateful to Dott. Arch. Vincenzo Caruso, Director and Dott.ssa Filomena Capobianco, Project Manager of the Library-Museum Luigi Pirandello, and the BMLP staff for their courteous reception in Agrigento and subsequent collaboration in selecting and transmitting items for the current exhibit. (Items from this source listed below are designated as BMLP.)
Photographs of archival materials contributed by the Istituto di Studi Pirandelliani (ISP, Institute for Pirandello Studies, Rome) were first displayed at a centennial exhibit–“I cento anni de Il fu Mattia Pascal,” June 16—July 8, 2004 at Rome’s Casa della Letteratura, curated by Alfredo Barbina, Director of the Institute. We are grateful to Casa della Letteratura staff and ISP President, Alessandro d’Amico for their cordial reception in Rome and for permissions granted; and to Dott.ssa. Dina Saponaro and Dott.ssa Lucia Torsello for their collegial collaboration in selecting and transmitting items for the current exhibit.
(Items from this source listed below are designated as ISP.)
This work was supported in part by a grant from the City University of New York PSC-CUNY Research Award Program.
Jana O’Keefe Bazzoni, Exhibit Curator
1. Photograph of Pirandello at his desk, reprinted from I libri in maschera: Luigi Pirandello e le biblioteche, Annamaria Andreoli, ed. Rome: Ufficio Centrale per I Beni Librari, le Istituzioni Culturali e l’Editoria, Edizioni De Luca, 1996, p. 32.
2. Cover, Nuova Antologia, A. April-June, 1904. (BMLP)
3. Cover of Il fu Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello, Rome: Nuova Antologia, 1904. (BMLP)
4. Cover of “Informazioni sul mio involontario soggiorno sulla terra.” Biblioteca-Museo Luigi Pirandello. Agrigento, Antonio Perniciaro, Filomena Capobianco, Cristina Angela Iacono, eds. 2001, Regione Siciliana, Assessorato dei Beni Culturali ed Ambientali e della Pubblica Istruzione, p. 22. (BMLP)
5. Photographs of literary figures of the period, Ugo Fleres, Nino Martoglio, Luigi Capuana, Emile Zola (ISP); photo of Pirandello by Capuana (BMLP).
6. Portraits of Pirandello and his wife, Antonietta Portulano by Ugo Fleres, on the occasion of their marriage, 1894, reprinted from I libri in maschera: Luigi Pirandello e le biblioteche, p. 51. (BMLP)
7. Photograph of Luigi Pirandello, his wife, Antonietta Portulano, and their children Stefano, Lietta and Fausto, taken in Soriano nel Cimino, 1908, reprinted from “Informazioni sul mio involontario soggiorno nella terrra,” p. 22.
8. Title and sample pages from a handwritten, autographed copy of Il fu Mattia Pascal. (ISP)
9. Title and sample page Il fu Mattia Pascal in “Nuova Antologia” as published in serial form. (ISP)
10. Early review of Il fu Mattia Pascal. (ISP)
11. Photographs of the Café Aragno, Rome, late 19th-early 20th century. (ISP)
12. Photographs of Mattia’s Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica seen from the Gianicolo, Ponte Margherita, Ponte di Ferro—Ripetta, Tor di Nona. (ISP)
13. The Coazze Notebook, cover and one page. Notebook kept by Pirandello, dated 1901-1910, begun on a family vacation in Coazze in August of 1901. Handwritten page with notes on Pirandello’s 1904 income, with, among others, the sum of 906 lire received by Luigi Pirandello from the “Nuova Antologia (publisher), [paper 24v] for the “Taccuino di Coazze”. (Typewritten document repeats handwritten information.) (BMLP)
14. Cover and Title page, The Late Mattia Pascal, first English translation, first ed. Arthur Livingston, translator. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1923.
15. FILM D.O.C., article by Alessandro Tinterri on film versions of Il fu Mattia Pascal. (Museo Biblioteca dell’Attore, Genoa)
16. Copy of the brochure printed for the showing of the Marcel L’Herbier film Feu Mattia Pascal (Il fu Mattia Pascal) at the “Supercinema.” (BMLP)
17. Eric Allatini’s letter to Luigi Pirandello, from Paris, September 13 1924, in which Allatini expresses the wish to obtain the film rights for Il fu Mattia Pascal and Lontano. (BMLP)
18. Brio Allatini’s letter to Stefano Pirandello from Paris, September 24, 1924, confirming the offers made by telegram (same date) sent by the same: 40.000 (Lire) for Europe plus 35.000 for North America. Mosjoukine to play Mattia. (BMLP)
19. Photograph of Marcel L’Herbier, Pirandello and Ivan Mosjoukine, 1925. (BMLP)
20. Photographs from L’Herbier’s Il fu Mattia Pascal,. (BMLP)
21. Letter from Allatini of ” Cinegraphic,” to Stefano Pirandello from Paris, September 23, 1926, in reference to the production programs of Il fu Mattia Pascal in the Americas. (BMLP)
22. “Cinegraphic” Contract . (BMLP)
23. Letter from “Colosseum Film” delegate, from Rome, January 14, 1936, to Pirandello, on negotiations with foreign concerns for film development of Il fu Mattia Pascal. (BMLP)
24. Letter from maestro Alberto Lattuada to a Commendatore, May 10, 1936, asking for a recommendation to Pirandello as composer for the musical score for Chenal’s Il fu Mattia Pascal. (BMLP)
25. Letter signed by Pierre Chenal to L.P. from Paris, September 2, 1936, regarding the first “continuity”, with a final modification for which he hopes to obtain the author’s approval. (BMLP)
26. Photographs of Pierre Blanchard, as Mattia Pascal. (film by Pierre Chenal for Colosseum Film). (BMLP) 27. Screen shot–M.Pascal’s Tombstone–Pierre Blanchard as Mattia, P. Chenal, Director. (ISP)
27. Letter from the Administrator of the Pirandello Estate (Milan, May 21, 1939), to the SIAE (Authors’ Society); he has an agreement with the editor in Santiago del Chile and outlines the conditions. (BMLP)
29. Letter from the Administrator of the Pirandello Estate, (Milan, May 12, 1939), to the SIAE ( Authors’ Society): he has not yet received any news from Giacompol, on Il fu Mattia Pascal so he can’t give a definite answer yet. (BMLP)
30. Mini-posters with photographs of the film Le due vite di Mattia Pascal (“The two lives of Mattia Pascal” directed by Mario Monicelli, adaptation of Il fu Mattia Pascal. (BMLP)
31. Scenes from the 1974 premiere production of Tullio Kezich’s stage adaptation of Il fu Mattia Pascal, directed by Luigi Squarzina for the Teatro di Genova. Mattia was played by Giorgio Albertazzi. (ISP)
32. Scene design for the 1974 production of Kezich’s adaptation of Il fu Mattia Pascal.
33. Photos & reviews of the Eliseo production of Il fu Mattia Pascal, Giuseppe Pambieri as Mattia (Teatro Eliseo, Rome, 2004).
34. Theatre poster Il fu Mattia Pascal (T. Kezich adaptation), 2004, with G. Pambieri as Mattia. (ISP)
35. Theatre poster Il fu Mattia Pascal (T. Kezich adaptation), 2004, with G. Pambieri as Mattia. (Teatro Eliseo, Rome).
36. Theatre program, with brief essays by Tullio Kezich (adaptor) and Piero Maccarinelli (director) Il fu Mattia Pascal, 2004, with G. Pambieri as Mattia. (Teatro Eliseo, Rome).
37. Marcel L’Herbier’s film Il fu Mattia Pascal. (DVD-Foyer) (ISP)
38. Photograph of Pirandello at the time of Mattia Pascal, reprinted from Pirandello e il teatro siciliano, ed. Sarah and Enzo Zapulla. Catania: Giuseppe Maimone Ed., 1986, p. 46.
39. Commemorative postal collage–1967, Italy, 100th anniversary of Pirandello’s birth; 1986, USA (Boston, MA.), 50th anniversary of Pirandello’s death .
40. Poster and program, “I cento anni de Il fu Mattia Pascal,” June 16—July 8, 2004, Casa della Letteratura, Rome. (ISP)
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Photo: Mattia Pascal in the Library, Marcel L’Herbier film Feu Mathias Pascal (1925)
Cast: Ivan Mosjoukine, Pierre Batcheff, Jean Herve, Michel Simon
Additional films made from the novel include Pierre Chenal’s 1937 film II fu Mattia Pascal and Mario Monicelli’s 1980s film Le due vite di Mattia Pascal, starring Marcello Mastroianni.