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Lot 42
Air America & White Hunter Black Heart: John Mollo's personal sketch book Notes & Sketches 7, a custom-bound volume containing important and detailed sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from Roger Spottiswoode's Air America (1990), and Clint Eastwood's White Hunter Black Heart (1990), as well as some minor pages for Richard Attenborough's Chaplin (1992); additionally the volume includes pages for unfinished / unreleased production Robin Hood and Colussus,
October 1987 - December 1990,

£ 7,000 - 9,000
US$ 9,600 - 12,000
Air America & White Hunter Black Heart: John Mollo's personal sketch book Notes & Sketches 7, a custom-bound volume containing important and detailed sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from Roger Spottiswoode's Air America (1990), and Clint Eastwood's White Hunter Black Heart (1990), as well as some minor pages for Richard Attenborough's Chaplin (1992); additionally the volume includes pages for unfinished / unreleased production Robin Hood and Colussus,
October 1987 - December 1990,
John Mollo's personal handwritten costume design manuscript and diary covering the period of October 1987 - December 1990, including the production of Air America from 1990 (TriStar) starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr., Clint Eastwood's White Hunter Black Heart from 1990 (Warner Bros), together with seven pages for Richard Attenborough's Chaplin, which is then continued in lot 25 in Notes & Sketches 8, with John Mollo as Costume Designer, as well as pages from the unfinished / unreleased productions Colossus (1988) and Robin Hood (1990), the volume of 460 pages devoted to detailed and broken down sketches and designs for key characters, crowd costume workings, the majority in black ink, also with notes, schedules, flow charts, calendars, annotations, research material and diary entries, notable pages include;

Pages 66-78 - Various drawings for characters from Colossus, and some accessories such as goggles, helmets, and jackets. Accompanied by schedules for production.
Pages 174-175 - Annotated pages for budgets, shopping lists, and requirements lists from armourers Bapty for Colossus.

Pages 248-250 - Flowcharts for the wardrobe team, lists, schedules, costume breakdowns, meeting notes, and designs for barracks for Air America.
Pages 272-275 - Feature notes on a meeting with Daniel Melnick the Producer for Air America.

Pages 374-395 - Numerous pages of drawings for soldiers, noblewomen, outlaws, servants, archers, Prince John, and Little John for Robin Hood.

Pages 450 - 456 - Initial pages of notes for Charlie (later renamed to Chaplin). Featuring timetables, notes on, Charlie's clothes in Mollo's hand described as '...silk hat, open cloak, tails... often very shabby and then would suddenly get dressed to kill... gloves, small suit, fancy vest, two-tone side buttoned shoes, cane.'

Also included are pages of insignia designs for military attire, notes on silhouettes, orders of battles, military regiments and uniforms, as well as British troops, regular infantry, Russian armies, Indian armies, Burmese armies, Welsh armies and Egyptian armies, costings, additional workings for books, some pages for Hanna's War (MGM), commercials, and other professional and personal projects during this time frame, the art book measures 14.25in x 9.5in (36cm x 24cm)

Footnotes

  • Air America is a 1990 American action comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. as Air America pilots flying missions in Laos during the Vietnam War. When the protagonists discover their aircraft is being used by government agents to smuggle heroin, they must avoid being framed as the drug-smugglers. The plot of the film is adapted from Christopher Robbins' 1979 non-fiction book, chronicling the CIA-financed airline to transport weapons and supplies in Cambodia, Laos and South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

    White Hunter Black Heart is a 1990 American adventure drama film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood and based on the 1953 book of the same name by Peter Viertel. Viertel also co-wrote the script with James Bridges and Burt Kennedy. The film is a thinly disguised account of writer Peter Viertel's experiences while working on the classic 1951 film The African Queen, which was shot on location in Africa at a time when location shoots outside of the United States for American films were very rare.

    Provenance:
    From The John Mollo Archive
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