In the several years we've searched for programs from Carole Lombard movies, we've discovered them in all sorts of places -- not just in the U.S. and Canada, but in many other countries -- Egypt, China and India to name a few..But here's one from a country I doubted we'd ever find. It's for "Nothing Sacred," and we initially won't tell where it's from; see if you can guess it from the language:
I'm guessing most of you are stumped, and for those of you who aren't, congratulations on your knowledge of...Icelandic! That's right -- this program is from the Austerbaejarbio Theatre in the capital of Reykjavik.
According to cinematreasures.org, the theater opened in the mid-1940s, so this almost certainly was seen there after Carole's death in January 1942. Then again, given wartime conditions, many American movies didn't hit overseas markets for a number of years.
The venue apparently last hosted movies in 2002 and is now a concert venue, although it may retain the capability to show films. And for such an isolated, sparsely populated country, Iceland has played a significant role in international filming -- in part because much of the country is aesthetically beautiful and relatively untouched.
Movies such as Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" and the TV series "Game of Thrones" have used Icelandic exteriors, and the country's hosted foreign filmmakers since the 1985 James Bond thriller "A View to a Kill." As is the case elsewhere, the government helps subsidize film production (https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/movies/icelands-scenery-tax-breaks-lure-hollywood/2013/10/02/733ab0ee-2788-11e3-b75d-5b7f66349852_story.html). Learn more about the industry at http://www.filminiceland.com/.
As far as the program is concerned, the opening bid price is $9.99, and the auction is set to close at 2:37 p.m. (Eastern) next Thursday -- Thanksgiving Day in America. Which Carole collector will give thanks for adding this to his or her corral of memorabilia? Might it be you? If interested in this rarity, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-and-Fredric-March-in-Nothing-Sacred-icelandic-movie-program-/301803495376?hash=item4644e3dfd0:g:DREAAOSwLzdWTiSW.
Oh, and one more thing: Because of the direction of the Gulf Stream, parts of Iceland actually have milder winters than New York City.