Los Angeles: Universal Pictures, 1974. First Edition. Pressbook (8 1/2" x 11" stapled as issued). 9 ff. printed in b/w on glossy paper (rectos only). Preserved in mylar sleeve. Very good. Item #3789
Uncommon promo materials for one of the earliest Janis Joplin documentaries. "Janis: A Film" is justly considered to be a major source of footage for all subsequent works on the subject. "Janis" consists almost entirely of archival footage. Directed by Howard Alk and Seaton Findlay, the film was innovative on account of its total lack of narration, and almost none of the footage was identified by captions. "Janis" is almost unsettling due to the fact that no one who appears in the film communicates that the subject of the documentary had actually died.
The present pressbook was distributed to movie theaters all around the U.S. and Canada; there are multiple images and publicity stills presented in multiple resolutions and sizes (from 14 to 400 lines). All the film credits and song titles appear on fol. 1 (as do the names of her bands); "Publicity" texts appear on fol. 6.
From the Dorothy Sloan Collection of Women in the West.