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Cinema: Biography

Cinema: Biography

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Tutto Fellini, [Fellini, Federico] Rosenberg, Lenore (English translation)
141 [Fellini, Federico] Rosenberg, Lenore (English translation) Tutto Fellini
Rome Cinecitta' International 1994 Second Edition Softcover Near Fine 
(French wrappers) [nice clean copy, with just faint surface wear to covers]. (B&W and color photographs) Tribute book prepared in conjunction with the restoration and promotion of Fellini's entire ouevre, a project in which the director was participating at the time of his death in October 1993. This "Second Edition" was issued the following year. Essentially an elaborately-illustrated filmography, supplemented with comments about him by other filmmakers, a brief chronology of his Fellini's life and career, and an interview conducted in April 1993. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Ninth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Honoring Fred Astaire, April 10, 1981, {Astaire, Fred} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.)
142 {Astaire, Fred} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.) The Ninth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Honoring Fred Astaire, April 10, 1981
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute 1981 Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[a lovely copy, with just the teensiest bit of edgewear here and there, and a tiny pull-tear hole at the edge of pp. 29-30]. (B&W photographs) Nice program/tribute book, largely photographic; also includes short essays by Arlene Croce, John Green, Marcelle Clements, and Adolph Green, plus a filmography, and thankfully absent the several pages of AFI puffery which were often included in later years. NOTE that this printing has a pictorial cover, indicating that it was probably a "souvenir" edition of the program, produced for sale or distribution to AFI members; the actual program distributed at the event, following the pattern of earlier years, had a silver cover bearing only the AFI logo, and is much less commonly seen. This printing also lacks the 8-page beige-stock insert noted by at least one other bookseller. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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143 {Cagney, James} [The American Film Institute] [James Cagney]: The American Film Institute [2nd Annual] Award for Life Achievement in Motion Pictures and Television 1974
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute [1974] NO First Edition Stapled wraps Good 
[a somewhat beat-up copy, clean inside and out but with numerous small creases/bends/dents in covers]. (B&W photographs) Tribute book for the AFI's second annual award, the first presented to an actor. Includes two short articles, "The Unforgettable Young Man" by Joan Blondell, and "James Cagney: A Few Thoughts on the Next 2 Billion Years" by Ray Bradbury; plus numerous comments from Cagney's professional colleagues and friends. At that time he had been retired from the screen for 13 years, but was subsequently lured back for two appearances, notably in Milos Forman's RAGTIME (1981) and much less notably in the dreadful 1984 TV-movie TERRIBLE JOE MORAN. 
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Frank Capra: The Tenth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 4, 1982 [event program/tribute book], {Capra, Frank} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.)
144 {Capra, Frank} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.) Frank Capra: The Tenth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 4, 1982 [event program/tribute book]
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute 1982 Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[a small amount of wear along the spine, otherwise nice and fresh, just about as new]. (B&W photographs) Nicely-done program/tribute book, largely photographic, from Capra's Life Achievement Award dinner; includes filmography. It's interesting to note that the tribute book's editor (also the co-author of the tribute itself) was Joseph McBride, who some years later published a highly critical biography of Capra. NOTE that this would appear to be the "public" version of the program, with Capra pictured on the front cover, that was produced for sale and/or distribution to AFI members; the program distributed at the dinner itself, following the pattern of earlier years, had a silver-on-silver cover featuring only the AFI logo). Nonetheless, along with most of these programs prior to 1986 -- the first time a specifically-labeled "AFI Souvenir Edition" was produced in large quantities -- this one is fairly scarce.] 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Lon of 1000 Faces!, {Chaney, Lon}  Ackerman, Forrest J
145 {Chaney, Lon} Ackerman, Forrest J Lon of 1000 Faces!
Beverly Hills CA Morrison, Raven-Hill Company 1983 0-912189-01-0 / 9780912189017 First printing Softcover Very Good+ 
[minor edgewear, a little rubbing to covers, very slight dog-earing to bottom right corner of front cover, one-time owner's embossed seal on title page]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Profusely illustrated tribute to Lon Chaney, the legendary "Man of a Thousand Faces," with contributions by Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Lon Chaney Jr., and many others. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Lillian Gish: The Twelfth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 1, 1984, {Gish, Lillian} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.)
146 {Gish, Lillian} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.) Lillian Gish: The Twelfth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 1, 1984
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute 1984 First Edition Stapled wraps Very Good+ 
[minor edgewear, faint vertical stain line on front cover, a trace of foxing along edge of rear cover,] (B&W photographs) Tribute book issued in conjunction with the AFI's Life Achievement Award presentation to Miss Gish, at that time only the second woman to have received the honor. (The first was Bette Davis, in 1977.) Includes filmography and brief excerpts from various books and articles about the actress, plus the unavoidable couple of pages of AFI self-puffery near the end. 
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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.)
147 {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
148 {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]
149 {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]
150 {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)
151 {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. 
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Wajda Films [two-volume set, in slipcase], {Wajda, Andrzej} Kosinska, Barbara, ed.
152 {Wajda, Andrzej} Kosinska, Barbara, ed. Wajda Films [two-volume set, in slipcase]
Warsaw (Poland) Wydawnictwa Artystyczne i Filmowe (c.1996) 1st Edition (English version) Hardcover Fine 
(two volumes without dustjackets (as issued), in cardboard slipcase) [books are in perfect condition; the slipcase very close to it, with just slight bumping to one corner (the set was in the original shrinkwrap when received by us, which was removed only to permit proper cataloguing)]. (B&W and color photographs, sketches) Beautifully-produced two-volume survey of the ouevre of the great Polish filmmaker (who passed away earlier this year), lavishly illustrated with (mostly full-page) color and black-and-white photographs, as well as numerous reproductions of Wajda's own drawings. (Most of the photos are the work of Renata Pajchel.) The text (entirely in English in this edition) is wide-ranging, including production histories, Wajda's own reminiscences and musing, review excerpts (many translated from Polish), full credit information, etc.--it's really the most thorough "films of" treatment that you could hope for, covering all his work from A GENERATION (1955) through MISS NOBODY (1996), including of course his best-known films: ASHES AND DIAMONDS (1958) and MAN OF IRON (1981). The only complaint that one might possibly have is that it's a "incomplete" chronicle of the director's work, because Wajda went on making films for another twenty years: his final feature film, AFTER IMAGE, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival just a few weeks before his death at the age of 90, and has been submitted as Poland's official entry for this year's Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award. (For shipping outside the U.S., additional charges will be requested; please enquire before ordering if this is a concern.) 
Price: 350.00 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.)
153 {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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