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AFI's 27th Annual Life Achievement Award, Honoring Dustin Hoffman, February 18, 1999 [tribute/program book], {Hoffman, Dustin} [The American Film Institute] (Schneider, Wolf, ed.)
141 {Hoffman, Dustin} [The American Film Institute] (Schneider, Wolf, ed.) AFI's 27th Annual Life Achievement Award, Honoring Dustin Hoffman, February 18, 1999 [tribute/program book]
Los Angeles The American Film Institute 1999 NO First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, very light handling wear only]. (B&W photographs) Program/tribute book, largely photographic, but also including a short summary of Hoffman's career and a selection of quotes from various interviews with the actor. Includes filmography, through SPHERE (1998). 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Jack Lemmon: The Sixteenth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 10, 1988, {Lemmon, Jack} The American Film Institute
142 {Lemmon, Jack} The American Film Institute Jack Lemmon: The Sixteenth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 10, 1988
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute 1988 NO First Edition Softcover Very Good+ Illustrated by (cover art) Al Hirschfeld 
[covers rubbed/scuffed, interior immaculate]. (B&W photographs, ads) "Souvenir Edition" of the program/tribute book, issued on the occasion of the presentation to Lemmon of the AFI's annual Life Achievement Award. Includes: short articles (some excerpted from other publications) in tribute to the actor by Joss Whedon, Garson Kanin, Jeanine Basinger, and Jonathan Miller; numerous full-page sponsored ads, mostly illustrated with photographs from Lemmon's films; a complete filmography; and a short piece, "Lemmon on Lemmon," which was adapted from several interviews. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Gregory Peck: The Seventeenth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 9, 1989, {Peck, Gregory} [The American Film Institute]
143 {Peck, Gregory} [The American Film Institute] Gregory Peck: The Seventeenth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 9, 1989
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute 1989 NO First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[nice clean copy, lightly bumped at base of spine, short diagonal crease at bottom corner of front cover]. (B&W photographs) "Souvenir Edition" of the program/tribute book, issued on the occasion of the presentation to Peck of the AFI's Life Achievement Award, given annually to an individual "whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time." Nicely-turned out book, with short essays by Stanley Kramer, Harper Lee, Stephen Peck, George Stevens Jr. (about Peck's role in the founding of the AFI itself), and Peck himself; the bulk of the book is full-page photo tributes sponsored by various individuals and companies. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Sidney Poitier: The Twentieth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 12, 1992, {Poitier, Sidney} [The American Film Institute]
144 {Poitier, Sidney} [The American Film Institute] Sidney Poitier: The Twentieth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 12, 1992
Los Angeles Project Marketing 1992 First Edition Stapled wraps Very Good 
[clean copy, some stress marks along spine, slight bumping to upper right corner, some finger-creasing and light scuffing to rear cover]. (B&W photographs) Program/tribute book, largely photographic, but also including a group of short appreciations of Poiter by Harry Belafonte, John Singleton, Stanley Kramer, and Sydney Poitier (the honoree's daughter), as well as a reminiscence by Poitier himself (adapted from a previously published book). Includes a filmography with basic credits, and (because this was the 20th anniversary of the award, and the AFI being the relentlessly self-promoting organization it is) a 2-page list of "initiatives and selected highlights" from AFI history, followed by two more pages of tiny-font lists of the organization's benefactors and sponsors. (Interesting to note, admidst all the present-day discussions of diversity in the film industry, that to date Poitier and Morgan Freeman are the only two African-Americans to have received the AFI Life Achievement Award, out of 44 that have been presented.) 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Martin Scorsese: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, February 20, 1997 [program/tribute book], {Scorsese, Martin} [The American Film Institute] (Schneider, Wolf, editorial director)
145 {Scorsese, Martin} [The American Film Institute] (Schneider, Wolf, editorial director) Martin Scorsese: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, February 20, 1997 [program/tribute book]
Los Angeles The American Film Institute 1997 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[lovely copy, with just a trace of wear to heel of spine]. (B&W photographs) Program/tribute book, largely photographic, but also including brief tributes to the director (all apparently originally written for this publication) by Nicholas Pileggi, Barbara Hershey, Joe Pesci, Thelma Schoonmaker, and Akira Kurosawa. Includes filmography, through KUNDUN (1997). Also a four-page section of "American Film Institute Annual Highlights, 1967 through 1996," the perusal of which leaves one with a vivid impression just how little of substance this organization managed to achieve in its first three decades. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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[Orson Welles]: The American Film Institute [3rd Annual] Award for Life Achievement in Motion Pictures and Television 1975, {Welles, Orson} [The American Film Institute] (Lunney, David, ed.)
146 {Welles, Orson} [The American Film Institute] (Lunney, David, ed.) [Orson Welles]: The American Film Institute [3rd Annual] Award for Life Achievement in Motion Pictures and Television 1975
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute [1975] NO First Edition Stapled wraps Very Good 
[exterior heavily rubbed/scuffed, inside nice and clean]. (B&W photographs) A scarce piece of Wellesabilia, the program/tribute book from what must rank as one of the most controversial and bittersweet awards for "lifetime achievement" ever presented to a film personality. Welles was all of fifty-nine years old -- I'll say it again, FIFTY-NINE -- when he was tapped for the signal honor of being eulogized by the Hollywood community to which he was still in thrall, despite the fact that he'd been written off as a "has-been" for decades. He gave a moving acceptance speech, speaking of his "own particular contrariety," but it was painfully apparent that what he hoped for most was simply to raise the money to finish his then-work-in-progress (never finished) "The Other Side of the Wind" (two clips from which were shown during the program). A magazine editorial summed it up best: "We wish simply that all those capable of smiling graciously into the camera to deliver some more or less relevant homily would rather retire to the seclusion of their gold-plated studios and write a check and send it to Orson Welles so that Welles can get to what really matters, and what alone concerns him: Doing his films." Welles lived for another decade, during which time he was able to complete only two more films, the wonderful trifle F FOR FAKE and the lovely documentary on the filming of his own 1952 version of OTHELLO. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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