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200,000 Feet on Foula [The Edge of the World] (First UK Edition, inscribed by Michael Powell in...

200,000 Feet on Foula [The Edge of the World] (First UK Edition, inscribed by Michael Powell in 1942)

by Michael Powell

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London: Faber and Faber, 1938. First Edition. First Edition. ASSOCIATION COPY, inscribed by the author: "For Roy Plomley / who knows all about desert islands / Michael Powell / 1942." The book was inscribed on the occasion of Powell's appearance on the BBC radio program Desert Island Discs, where he was interviewed by Plomley, the show's founder. Michael Powell began making public appearances again in the 1980s and 1990s, and inscribed books from that period turn up with some regularity. We have, however, only seen one other example of a contemporary inscription on this title, Powell's first book. A diary-like account of the making of Powell's classic 1937 film, "The Edge of the World," the director's first film to be shot on his beloved Scottish Isles. The story was inspired by the evacuation of St. Kilda, and won the director an introduction to the great British producer Alexander Korda, followed, of course, by a decades-long teaming with Emeric Pressburger. Photo illustrated throughout. Near… Read More
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Adams [Star Turn] (First Edition, Large Paper Edition, Copy No. 1, inscribed)

Adams [Star Turn] (First Edition, Large Paper Edition, Copy No. 1, inscribed)

by René Clair

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Paris: Bernard Grasset, 1926. First French Edition, preceding all others. Copy No. 1 of seven copies on Japon, numbered 1-5, and two hors commerce copies numbered HCI and HCII. Warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page: "a Monsieur Brun / qui a si cordialement accueilli mon debut. / Avec la reconnaisance de René Clair," translating roughly to "To Mr. Brun / Who so cordially welcomed my debut. / With appreciation, René Clair." Published about a year after Clair's film debut, "The Phantom of Moulin-Rouge" ("Le fantome du Moulin-Rouge") and translated ten years later in English as "Star Turn" by Chatto and Windus, in a hardcover edition. The great French film director's first book, a novel about a film star who becomes lost in his own character, and devises a scheme to make a film with God as a means of escape. Clair's evocative, fantastical style echoed the work of his American counterpart, Frank Borzage, and was a monstrous influence on the French New Wave. Some very slight wear to… Read More
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Alain Resnais, or the Theme of Time (First Edition, Joseph Losey's copy)

Alain Resnais, or the Theme of Time (First Edition, Joseph Losey's copy)

by [Alain Resnais] [Joseph Losey] John Ward

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Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968. First Edition. First Edition. Copy belonging to director Joseph Losey, with his name and home address written in manuscript ink on the first leaf: "Joseph Losey / Hanover, NH / '70." Additional underlining and bracketing throughout, in the same fountain pen ink as the inscription, mostly to the opening chapters of the text. The McCarthy / HUAC witch hunt saw Losey hounded out of the United States in the 1950s and, to his great regret, he never made another film in his home country. Professionally, though, it was the making of him as a director: in collaboration with Harold Pinter, Losey made a trilogy of legendary British films of the 1960s: "The Servant," "Accident," and "The Go-Between." Pinter and Losey also worked closely together on an adaptation of Proust's "In Search of Lost Time," but although the script was later published the film remained unmade. Losey shared both a political philosophy and a cinema aesthetic with Alain Resnais, and Losey's 1978 film… Read More
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Alexandre Sokourov (First Edition, inscribed by Sokourov)

Alexandre Sokourov (First Edition, inscribed by Sokourov)

by Bruno; Dietsch Freddy Buache

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Lausanne, Switzerland: Editions L'Age D'Homme, 2005. First Edition. First Edition, a trade softcover original. INSCRIBED by director Alexandre Sokourov on the half-title page: "Pierre Goulliard / [unknown] / Alexandre Sokourov / 2007." In 2007, Sokourov, a prolific Russian filmmaker of increasing complexity and daring, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his film "Alexandra." His followup film, "Faust" (2011), was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, his first major award. From the collection of noted cinephile and collector Pierre Goulliard, who spent decades in the latter half of the twentieth century obtaining inscriptions from the giants of European cinema. About Fine in wrappers. Text in French, with photo illustrations.
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Art in Cinema: A Symposium on the Avantgarde [Avant Garde] Film Together with Program Notes and...

Art in Cinema: A Symposium on the Avantgarde [Avant Garde] Film Together with Program Notes and References (First Edition)

by Frank Stauffacher (editor); Bezalel Schatz (cover art)

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San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Art, 1947. First Edition. First Edition. An exhibition catalog for a film series presented at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1947, featuring written pieces by Henry Miller, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Maya Deren, Luis Buñuel, and others. Very Good plus in yellow perfect-bound wrappers, with light wear at the wrapper corners, faint discoloration on the rear wrapper, and a few tiny splashes on the front endpaper.
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Avantgardefilm [avant-garde film] (First Swedish Edition)

Avantgardefilm [avant-garde film] (First Swedish Edition)

by Peter Weiss

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Stockholm: Wahlstrom and Widstrand, 1956. First Swedish Edition, preceding all others. Number seven in the "Svenskt filmbibliotek" series. Film critic Weiss tackles notable figures of avant-garde filmmaking, including Luis Bunuel, Cocteau, Jean Vigo, Mario Peixoto, Eisenstein, Carl Dreyer, and more, with brief filmographies for each. Black-and-white photographs throughout. A few short tears and creases, with light foxing, else Near Fine in printed wrappers. 148 pages.
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Balkan Cinema: Evolution after the Revolution (First Edition)

Balkan Cinema: Evolution after the Revolution (First Edition)

by Michael J. Stoil

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University of Michigan: UMI Press, 1982. First Edition. First Edition. Fine with no dust jacket as issued. Scarce.
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Behind the Fourth Wall: Actors and Directors on the Set 1926-2001 (Exhibition Catalog)

Behind the Fourth Wall: Actors and Directors on the Set 1926-2001 (Exhibition Catalog)

by Royal Books and American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

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Baltimore, MD: Royal Books, 2014. First Edition. First Edition. An exhibition catalog accompanying the photography exhibition at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Culture Center from March 7 to May 26, 2014. A deluxe catalog featuring 50 vintage photographs of directors and actors from around the world at work behind the camera, including Alfred Hitchcock, Nicholas Ray, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Orson Welles, Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, Ben Hecht, Peter O'Toole, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, Arthur Penn, Monte Hellman, and many others. 9 x 8 inches. Fine in perfect-bound wrappers.
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Bonjour cinema: Collection des tracts (First Edition, with three original illustrations used in...
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Bonjour cinema: Collection des tracts (First Edition, with three original illustrations used in the text)

by Jean Epstein (author); Claude Delbanne (designer)

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Paris: Editions de la Sirene, 1921. First Edition. First Edition. Includes three original illustrations: two are primarily typographic layouts, one centered around Charlie Chaplin (each is lacking the applied paste-up elements, in the case of the Chaplin image, it lacks the photographic image that was pasted on and that appears in the finished illustration), and the third and most interesting is the original drawing for the illustration that appears on page 85, of three men. An seminal text on cinema, a reflection on then-current films by Epstein, one of the earliest and most important French critics. But just as importantly, a spectacular example of deco era typography and design by Claude Delbanne, utilizing elements of film culture, variations on posters, popular film culture, and Russian Constructivist design. Saddle stapled two-color wrappers, with illustrations laid in. A single tiny chip, else Near Fine.
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The Brakhage Lectures: George Melies, David Wark [D.W.] Griffith, Carl Theodore [Theodor] Dreyer,...
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The Brakhage Lectures: George Melies, David Wark [D.W.] Griffith, Carl Theodore [Theodor] Dreyer, Sergei Eisenstein (First Edition, inscribed to Barney Rosset)

by Stan Brakhage

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Chicago: The Goodlion, 1972. First Edition. First Edition. Inscribed by the author to publisher Barney Rosset on the front endpaper: "Dear Barney / In thanks for all you've given, made possible: / Thanks, / Stan Brakhage." Barney Rosset was the founder of the Grove Press, which, in addition to its obvious importance, helped usher Brakhage's work into institutions in the 1970s by "publishing" select short films by the artist on tiny reels that were sold to libraries and the publisher's readership. In this volume, Brakhage investigates four of the principal architects of cinema, including Sergei Eisenstein. A wonderful association, and an important collection by one of the most important cinematic artists of the 1970s. Very Good plus in paper-covered card wrappers as issued, with moderate rubbing and a bit of light wear at the extremities.
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British Crime Cinema (First Edition, hardcover)

British Crime Cinema (First Edition, hardcover)

by Steve and Robert Murphy Chibnail (editors)

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London and New York: Routledge, 1999. Hardcover with no dust jacket as issued. As New.
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Bulletin de la Cinémathèque suisse, November 1956, Number 7

Bulletin de la Cinémathèque suisse, November 1956, Number 7

by [Film Ephemera]

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Lausanne: Cinémathèque suisse, 1956. Vintage Bulletin de la Cinémathèque suisse, Novembre 1956. Numéro 7. Text in French. The Bulletin de la Cinémathèque suisse was published from 1954-1958. The issue on offer here includes articles on the 1956 annual congress of the International Federation of Film Archives (F.I.A.F.) in Dubrovnik, Croatia, "Un film de qualité suisse: Uli der Paechter," an article on the 1955 Swiss film, "Uli the Tenant," directed by Franz Schnyder, starring Hannes Schmidhauser and Liselotte Pulver, "Jugend und Film-Woche, Zurich, novembre 1956," on the German film magazine, News, and the article, "Note on Fellini, bibliography." 8.25 x 11.5 inches, 9 pages, with tape binding. Very Good plus, with a vertical crease, faint creasing overall, and light soiling.
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Caid Film-Bilder: Album 1 (Original German cigarette card album, circa 1933)
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Caid Film-Bilder: Album 1 (Original German cigarette card album, circa 1933)

by [Cigarette cards] [Trading Cards] [Celebrities]

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N.p.: N.p., 1933. Vintage cigarette card album, featuring approximately 360 trading cards of contemporary film stars of the 1930s. Text and titles in German. The actors featured in the album include Maurice Chevalier, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Conrad Veidt, Willi Forst, and many others. Very Good plus, with no dust jacket as issued. Contemporary gift inscription to the title page, and moderate wear and rubbing on the boards, with a diagonal chip affecting the bottom right corner of the front board. Glassine leaves between pages intact, as called for.
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Casablanca: Script and Legend (First Edition)

Casablanca: Script and Legend (First Edition)

by Howard Koch

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Woodstock: The Overlook Press, 1973. First Edition. First Edition. Includes introduction by Ralph J. Gleason, essays by Howard Koch and Richard Corliss, and reviews by Bosley Crowther and Howard Barnes. About Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket.
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Celluloid: The Film Today (First UK Edition)

Celluloid: The Film Today (First UK Edition)

by Paul Rotha

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London: Longmans, 1931. First Edition. First Edition. The very uncommon first issue dust jacket, with no illustration on the front panel. One of the most important books on the early sound era, an ambitious attempt to assess the state of world cinema, with a factual look at American films, British films, the role propaganda and education in films. The second half of the book is devoted to a series of Rotha's reviews of key films of the day, including City Lights, The Threepenny Opera, Cimarron, and Le Million, ending with two essays, one on the films of Fritz Lang and one on "The Revival of Naturalism." Very Good plus in a Very Good plus example of the scarce dust jacket. Small stain on the front board, small contemporary owner name (dated 1940), vintage bookseller label at the bottom of the front pastedown, and light wear at the jacket extremities. An attractive copy.
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The Celluloid Paper Trail: Identification and Description of Twentieth Century Film Scripts (Signed First Edition)

by Kevin R. Johnson

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New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2019. First Edition. First Edition. Hardcover, illustrated boards. SIGNED by the author on the title page. "The Celluloid Paper Trail: Identification and Description of Twentieth Century Film Scripts" is the first book ever published on film script identification and description. Lavishly illustrated and detailed, designed for any book scholar, including collectors, archivists, librarians, and dealers. Foreword by Tony Bill, Academy Award-winning producer, director, and actor. Illustrated in color with over 130 examples of scripts of films in every genre. With an index that references proper terminology located throughout the book. The film script is an example of rare book that defies nearly every norm. It is issued, not published, and rather than having the properties of a traditional first edition, a given script is instead one of many drafts that fit within the development and production of a motion picture. Adding to its complexity is the fact that methods and… Read More
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Cine Mexicano: Posters from the Golden Age 1936-1956 (First Edition)

Cine Mexicano: Posters from the Golden Age 1936-1956 (First Edition)

by Rogelio Agrasánchez Jr.; Charles Ramírez Berg (introduction)

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San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2001. First Edition. Trade softcover. First Edition. A survey of Mexican film posters. Text in English and Spanish. About Fine in perfect-bound wrappers.
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Cineaste (Volume 1, Issue 1)

Cineaste (Volume 1, Issue 1)

by Gary Crowdus (editor); Paul Glushanok, M.R. Doolittle, Phil di Franco, Andrew Lugg, Donald G. Jackson (contributors)

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New York: Cineaste, 1967. Volume One, Issue One of the long running and influential "Cineaste" magazine. Published quarterly, "Cineaste" publishes reviews, criticism, and interviews, and continues to be published today. Early issues of the magazine are difficult to find. 8.5 x 11 inches. Side-stapled. Very Good plus, with light toning and soil.
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Cineaste (Volume 1, Issue 3)

Cineaste (Volume 1, Issue 3)

by Gary Crowdus (editor); Richard D. Carreno, Robert Steele, Andrew M. Lugg, Raymond Fielding, Pat McKenna, Pamela Crawford, Nicholas J. Zeoli, Paul Sawyer (contributors)

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New York: Cineaste, 1967. Volume One, Issue Three of the long running and influential "Cineaste" magazine. Published quarterly, "Cineaste" publishes reviews, criticism, and interviews, and continues to be published today. Early issues of the magazine are difficult to find. 8.5 x 11 inches. Side-stapled. Very Good plus, with light toning and soil.
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Cineaste (Volume 1, Issue 4)

Cineaste (Volume 1, Issue 4)

by Gary Crowdus (editor); Barry Prince, Andrew M. Lugg, Noe Goldwasser, Will Hindle, Nicholas J. Zeoli, Robert Steele (contributors)

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New York: Cineaste, 1967. Volume One, Issue Four of the long running and influential "Cineaste" magazine. Published quarterly, "Cineaste" publishes reviews, criticism, and interviews, and continues to be published today. Early issues of the magazine are difficult to find. 8.5 x 11 inches. Side-stapled. Very Good plus, with light toning and soil.
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