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Lot 41
Cry Freedom & Revolution: John Mollo's personal sketch book Notes & Sketches 6, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed concept sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from Hugh Hudson's film Revolution (1985) and Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom (1987); and numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame,
January 1985 - September 1987,

£ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 11,000 - 16,000
Cry Freedom & Revolution: John Mollo's personal sketch book Notes & Sketches 6, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed concept sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from Hugh Hudson's film Revolution (1985) and Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom (1987); and numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame,
January 1985 - September 1987,
John Mollo's personal handwritten costume design manuscript and diary covering the period of January 1985 - September 1987 including the production Revolution released in 1985 (Goldcrest / Warner Bros.) starring Al Pacino, as well as pages devoted to Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom released in 1987 (Universal Pictures) starring Denzel Washington, the volume of 498 pages containing detailed and broken down sketches and workings for a number of military uniforms, production meeting notes, shopping lists, schedules, calendars, annotations and drawings in black ink, with key pages;

Pages 10-17 - Detailed notes from an early meeting with Hugh Hudson for Revolution in which he mentions that he doesn't want the costumes to look aggressively 18th century - not like Barry Lyndon - not many hats. Colours and checks to be superimposed. With floral scarves - see Harper's and Vogue Oct-Dec 1984. an Ethnic look if possible; together with notes on all principal characters with various detailed designs for epaulets.
Pages 50-51 - Annotated sketches for costume progressions and notes on wig sellers, leather shirts, French flags, French Officers and colourings.
Page 53 - A handwritten cast for Revolution listing Al Pacino as lead character 'Tom Dobb'.
Page 67 - A full page of a costume designs for Officers.

Page 143 - An insightful page done by John Mollo depicting his career over a 10yr period, from years 1975-1985, detailing the months and years spent on each film including; Star Wars, Alien, Gandhi etc, as well as listing countries visited, events, and which studios the films were filmed at.

Page 169 - A highly finished drawing of character 'Ben' from Cry Freedom, hand-coloured by John Mollo.
Page 258 - Lists costume budgets and costings for Cry Freedom.
Page 271 - A full page costume design for South African Railyway Police, hand-drawn, refined, and hand-coloured, with annotations.
Page 373-379 - Several pages containing hand-drawn and hand-coloured designs for four principal characters from Journey To The Reims.

Of the 498 pages, approximately 175 pages are devoted to Revolution, approximately 150 pages on Cry Freedom, several pages also include content for the 1988 film Hanna's War (MGM), research for a theatre production of Journey To Reims, and other independent projects, the art book measures 14.25in x 9.5in (36cm x 24cm)

Footnotes

  • Revolution is a 1985 British historical drama film directed by Hugh Hudson, written by Robert Dillon, and starring Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland and Nastassja Kinski. The film stars Pacino as a New York fur trapper who involuntarily gets enrolled in the Revolutionary forces during the American Revolutionary War.

    Cry Freedom is a 1987 British-South African epic drama film directed by Richard Attenborough, set in late-1970s apartheid era South Africa. The film centres on the real-life events involving black activist 'Steve Biko' and his friend 'Donald Woods', who initially finds him destructive, and attempts to understand his way of life. Denzel Washington stars as 'Biko', while actor Kevin Kline portrays 'Woods'.

    Provenance:
    From The John Mollo Archive
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