Tonino Guerra & Ian Shine

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PICTORIAL PHOTO

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Launch of screenplay ‘Pictorial Photo’
by Tonino Guerra and Ian Shine

This year marks the 95th anniversary of the truly remarkable and spectacularly legendary Renaissance man, Tonino Guerra. Tonino Guerra may very well be the greatest screenwriter of all time. Having written well over 100 screenplays, his extensive list of credits on IMBD is ultimate proof that his career was nothing short of prolific. His collaborations with many of the greatest names in cinema history, is further evidence of his gigantic professional stature. Additionally, the countless honourable mentions, awards, and accolades, is but one final tell-tale sign demonstrating just how fantastically large a role Tonino Guerra occupied in the hearts and minds of movie lovers.

In celebration of Tonino Guerra’s illustrious career, we are genuinely ecstatic to reveal to you the never before seen masterpiece, ‘Pictorial Photo’, co-written with film director and screenwriter Ian Shine. The elating thought of seeing a finished yet previously unpublished screenplay from the greatest screenwriter of all time — is further amplified by the fact that ‘Pictorial Photo’ is presented to you in not just one, but four (4) unique variations!

The Italian, French, Russian, and English variations — differ in far more ways than the nuances of language alone. In fact, each version marks a different stage in the creative process. The initial sketches were written down in Italian. These rough and largely unedited initial sketches have survived to this day, and we are pleased to be publishing them for the first time. Akin to pencil sketches made by master painters, these initial sketches mark a stage in the evolution of the work, beautiful in their own unequalled way. Perhaps what is even more profound, is that they offer a unique view into the minds of the men who created them.

Shortly after the Italian sketches were written, Russian was adopted as the primary language for the remainder of the project due to investor sentiment at the time. Thus, the final and by far the most refined screenplay ended up being the Russian version which is featured within this book edition.

The English version is the newest addition to the collection, having been only recently adapted from its’ Russian parent. Some minor differences do exist between the Russian and English versions — nonetheless, they offer a very similar experience.

Finally, the French variation is also a translation, but is substantially dissimilar to the up-to-date English and Russian versions. Sometime during the final editing process, and in order to attract investors, a decision was made to translate the screenplay from Russian into French. A little later however, numerous components within the Russian master copy were changed, added, or removed. The French variation is therefore inherently different to any of the other versions contained within this edition.

Thus after well over a decade, the screenplay ‘Pictorial Photo’ is here — and in not just one, but four glorious variations! We sincerely wish that you enjoy reading the screenplays, at least as much as we enjoyed publishing them!

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The Fragrant Land

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Screenplay ‘The Fragrant Land’,
by Tonino Guerra and Ian Shine,
published for the first time, in 3 languages!

This year marks the 95th anniversary of the truly remarkable and spectacularly legendary Renaissance man, Tonino Guerra. Tonino Guerra may very well be the greatest screenwriter of all time, and having written well over 100 screenplays, his extensive list of credits on IMBD is ultimate proof that his career was nothing short of prolific. His collaborations with many of the greatest names in cinema history, is further evidence of his gigantic professional stature. In addition, the countless honourable mentions, awards, and accolades, is one final tell-tale sign demonstrating just how fantastically large a role Tonino Guerra occupied in the hearts and minds of movie lovers.

In celebration of Tonino Guerra’s illustrious career, we are yet again graced by his genius in the never before seen masterpiece, ‘The Fragrant Land’, co-written with film director and screenwriter Ian Shine. The elating thought of seeing a finished yet previously unpublished screenplay from the greatest screenwriter of all time — is further amplified by the fact that ‘The Fragrant Land’ is presented to you in not just one, but three unique variations.

‘Terra Fragrante’ in Italian and ‘Земля Благоуханная’ in Russian, were written by both co-authors simultaneously in their native tongues, using an innovative duel language system that hinged almost entirely on Tonino Guerra’s wife Lora Guerra, who’s genius played a pivotal role in the sizeable amount of translation between the two languages. After its’ original completion in 2004, the screenplay was then adapted into French by Isabelle Gerbaud, under the title ‘Terre de Senteurs’. Each of the three versions of ‘The Fragrant Land’ differ in far more ways than the nuances of language alone. Even the scene count across each language varies, with 97 scenes in ‘Terra Fragrante’, 107 in ‘Terre de Senteurs’, and 112 in ‘Земля Благоуханная’. 

In addition to ‘The Fragrant Land’, Tonino Guerra and Ian Shine collaborated on three other projects, including the screenplay ‘Pictorial Photo’, the short film ‘Comedian’, and a libretto for the opera ‘Requiem of Passion’.

Since his time working with Tonino Guerra, Ian Shine has written four plays for the theatre, three screenplays, and two novels. His debut novel, ‘God does not want to be lonely’ (2010), was mostly dedicated to cinema lovers, who would have undoubtedly relished each moment in his rich and vivid world. His latest novel, ‘Anxious Spirit’ (2015), may possibly be his long awaited masterpiece. ‘Anxious Spirit’ is a collection of prose that unravels the very essence of the human condition, as it bears witness to collapse, destruction, construction, and renewal. The use of magical imagery and sublime philosophy elevates the already rich tapestry of meaning to profound proportions. 

Regardless of the medium, Ian Shine continues to create mind bending and awe inspiring content that keeps his fans coming back for more.

‘The Fragrant Land’ is now available for purchase in a spectacular variety of formats.

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