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Chilean Cinema, Chanan, Michael, ed.
21 Chanan, Michael, ed. Chilean Cinema
London British Film Institute 1976 0851700586 / 9780851700588 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, extremely light handling wear]. Trade PB Issued in conjunction with a BFI retrospective of Chilean cinema. Following an introduction discussing the historical background of the cinema in Chile, there are interviews with four filmmakers: Raul Ruiz, Helvio Soto, Miguel Littin, and Armand Mattelart. There are appendixes presenting a document, "Manifesto of the Film Makers' Committee of Support for Popular Unity," and three press reports; plus a filmography, and a bibliography. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Scotland in Silent Cinema; a commemorative catalogue to accompany the Scottish Reels programme at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Italy, 1998, Cloy, David (edited by Janet McBain)
22 Cloy, David (edited by Janet McBain) Scotland in Silent Cinema; a commemorative catalogue to accompany the Scottish Reels programme at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Italy, 1998
Glasgow Scottish Screen 1998 0-9525857-7-4 / 9780952585770 First Edition Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[minor bump to base of spine, a few minor stress lines along spine]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) Following a Foreword by Sean Connery, this neatly-produced little catalogue (32 pages) includes: "Film Production in Scotland in the Silent Period," an article by David Cloy; a filmography of fictional film depictions of Scotland, 1899-1930 (including both American and British films); program notes for the films shown at the festival; a one-page account of "Rob Roy on the Screen"; and a two-page section about "Scotland's film search," giving details about the seven Scottish-produced films of the silent era, all apparently lost. 
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Report on Blacklisting - I - Movies , Cogley, John
23 Cogley, John Report on Blacklisting - I - Movies
(n.p.) The Fund for the Republic, Inc. (c.1956) First Edition Softcover Good  
[moderately worn but clean copy, small tear at top of front cover]. Trade PB Volume I of a report on blacklisting in the entertainment industry (Volume II dealt with TV and radio), conducted by a civil liberties thinktank funded in large measure by the Ford Foundation. Its "staff of ten reporters and researchers collected facts in Hollywood and New York. They spent the next eight months interviewing persons on both Coasts who had first-hand knowledge of the situation. In all, almost five hundred persons were interviewed." This systematic approach yielded the first documented and widely-disseminated proof that blacklisting did, in fact, exist -- and for their efforts, the Fund was itself attacked by HUAC, with project director Cogley hauled up before the Committee and forced to defend the report.  
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The Hollywood Screenwriters; a Film Comment Book, Corliss, Richard, ed.
24 Corliss, Richard, ed. The Hollywood Screenwriters; a Film Comment Book
New York Avon Books (Discus Books) 1972 First printing Softcover Very Good 
[solid copy, mild browning to page edges, a little soft creasing to front cover, abrasions on title page from erasure of previous owner's name]. Mass Market PB An essential collection of essays, interviews and filmographies, this was a seminal work (and a precursor to Corliss's 1974 manifesto, Talking Pictures) in terms of bringing the screenwriter out from under the director's shadow, following a decade of auteurist criticism run rampant. There are essays on Anita Loos, Jules Furthman, Ben Hecht, Preston Sturges and Dudley Nichols; a memoir by Howard Koch about working with Max Ophuls on LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN; interviews with Ring Lardner Jr., Borden Chase, Dalton Trumbo, James Poe, Eleanor Perry and Penelope Gilliatt; a " Screenwriters Symposium," featuring twelve noted screenwriters' answers to a questionnaire (included are Philip Dunne, Norman Krasna, Ernest Lehman and Michael Wilson); and filmographies of fifty prominent screenwriters. The Foreword is by Carl Foreman. 
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Hollywood Saga [*SIGNED* by both William and Cecil], de Mille, William C.
25 de Mille, William C. Hollywood Saga [*SIGNED* by both William and Cecil]
New York E.P. Dutton & Co. (c.1939) 1st Edition (2nd printing jacket) Hardcover Good in Good dj Signed by Author
[front hinge cracked, rear hinge weak, but otherwise with just light shelfwear and moderate age-toning to edges of text block; unpersonalized "Ex Libris" bookplate on front pastedown, plus small stamped bookstore name (Larry Edmunds Cinema Bookshop); jacket has a half-dozen or so shallow chips, some scuffing and general wear]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED and generically inscribed ("Sincerely") by the author on the title page, and additionally SIGNED (and also generically inscribed, "Greetings from") by his more famous brother, producer-director Cecil B. DeMille, on the facing page, beneath the frontispiece photograph of himself in action, directing THE BUCCANEER. William, three years Cecil's senior, had already established himself as a successful playwright, with nine of his plays produced on Broadway between 1905 and 1913; nonethless, almost as soon as his younger sibling had begun to make his big splash in the movies (the signal event in that regard being the 1914 feature THE SQUAW MAN), William abandoned the theatre for Hollywood. Over the course of a decade and a half, as Cecil charted his relentless rise to the pinnacle of movie prestige and influence, William turned out his own steady stream of respectable but not spectacular work (he had a hand as writer and/or director and/or producer in about 60 films before his career faded out in the early 1930s), but remained in the shadow of his more ambitious and self-promoting brother throughout his life, and beyond. (And fair or not, it's a judgment that's unlikely to be revised, let alone reversed, since only a handful of William's films are known to exist today.) By the time he set down this "saga," he was well out of the movie game, having begun a transition from one-who-does to one-who-teaches in 1929, when he was among the founders of USC's film program. The book is an admixture of autobiography, family memoir (there is inevitably much about C.B.), and pontification about the Motion Picture Art, the State of the Industry, the Real Hollywood, and such matters; DeMille biographer Robert Birchard described it as "an attempt to justify his life's work," and the compilers of the noted bibliography "100 Books on Hollywood and the Movies" noted that it "has the added twist of being the journal of a disappointed man." Signed by Author 
Price: 450.00 USD
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From Limelight to Satellite: A Scottish Film Book, Dick, Eddie, ed.
26 Dick, Eddie, ed. From Limelight to Satellite: A Scottish Film Book
London BFI/Scottish Film Council (c.1990) 0-85170-282-1 / 9780851702827 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[quite a decent copy, a couple of tiny spots on front cover, very slight "ripple" to book as though it might have absorbed a bit of moisture at some point]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "...looks at the moving picture in Scotland. Written in celebration and despair, hope and searching pessimism, it draws upon the expertise of some of Scotland's foremost exponents of film. It moves from the optimistic amateurism of 1913's 'Mairi, the Romance of a Highland Maiden' through the austere realism of 'Children of the City' in 1944 to the stylish brutality and lingering charm of today's films. With its incisive essays, numerous stills and a unique Scottish film listing, [the book] is essential reading for everyone interested in the delights and difficulties of making and understanding movies." Includes an 8-page chapter on Sean Connery," Scotland's only movie superstar." 
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The Cinema of Baseball: Images of America, 1929-1989, Dickerson, Gary E.
27 Dickerson, Gary E. The Cinema of Baseball: Images of America, 1929-1989
Westport CT/London Meckler Publishing (c.1991) 0-88736-710-0 / 9780887367106 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean book, essentially as-new, with the teensiest bumping to the top corners]. (Baseball and American Society, 14) Series (B&W photographs) Sociocultural survey of baseball movies as a reflection of American society from the Depression Era through the end of the 1980s. The book had its origins as the author's Ph.D. dissertation, as evidenced by its more-than-occasional lapses into pedantry. ("The Bad News Bears is primarily a commentary on the value of youthful tendencies over adult tendencies.") Films treated in the greatest depth are PRIDE OF THE YANKEES, THE STRATTON STORY, THE BAD NEWS BEARS, THE NATURAL and FIELD OF DREAMS. Includes bibliography and a chronological list of baseball films (titles only) released from 1929 through 1989. 
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The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt, Eisner, Lotte H. (translated from the French by Roger Greaves)
28 Eisner, Lotte H. (translated from the French by Roger Greaves) The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt
Berkeley/Los Angeles University of California Press (c.1969) First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[minor shelfwear, a little bit of yellow hi-liting in the text, one long sentence underlined in ink on page 51; jacket shows light surface wear, tiny closed tear at top rear hinge, short diagonal crease at top corner of front flap]. (B&W photographs) Classic critical/historical work on German cinema of the silent era and its theatrical roots. Originally published in France in 1952 (as "L'Ecran Demonaique"), it was revised and reissued in 1965; this translation (also published in England, by Thames & Hudson) incorporated some new material. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The American Newsreel, 1911-1967, Fielding, Raymond
29 Fielding, Raymond The American Newsreel, 1911-1967
Norman OK University of Oklahoma Press (c.1972) 0-8061-1004-X / 9780806110042 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[beautiful clean book, no discernible wear; jacket bright and clean, blemished only by one tiny tear and associated crease at top of front panel]. (B&W photographs) "A definitive history of the American newsreel from its inception in Europe and the United States to its demise in the late 1960's, when it was supplanted by TV news. The newsreel cameras were present at every major event during those years [and] newsreel cameramen had their moments of glory, as when they covered Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight in 1927 and the spectacular explosion of Germany's proud zeppelin, the Hindenburg, in 1937. Bu the newsreel companies often faked their coverage, too, and they devoted a lot of footage to trivia. They were subject to censorship of various kinds and their own self-serving limitations. ... Yet if they never lived up to their promise, the American newsreels were an important part of a vibrant era in American history, and their story is made to order not only for the movie and nostalgia buffs but also for the serious students of American filmmaking." 
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Pictorial Beauty on the Screen, Freeburg, Victor Oscar
30 Freeburg, Victor Oscar Pictorial Beauty on the Screen
New York Benjamin Blom Inc. 1972 Reprint Hardcover Near Fine 
(maroon cloth; no dust jacket, as issued) [clean and tight, just a bit of handling wear]. (B&W photographs) Reprint of the original (1923) edition, one of the earliest published treatises on the aesthetic values of the motion picture, issued at a time when the silent film was nearing its artistic apex -- and talkies were a mere four or five years in the future. Chapter titles are -- Pictorial Art in the Movies; The Practical Value of Pictorial Composition; Eye Tests for Beauty; Pictorial Force in Fixed Patterns; Rhythm and Repose in Fixed Design; Motions in a Picture; Pictorial Motions at Work; Pictorial Motions at Play; Pictorial Motions at Rest; Mastery in the Movies; The Mysterious Emotions of Art. The text contains 24 illustrations, mostly stills from various movies (and including not only examples of what the author considers aesthetically pleasing, but also shots that demonstrate such things as "a typical bad movie composition"). Prefatory note by director Rex Ingram. 
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I Coulda Been a Contender, Gardner, Gerald
31 Gardner, Gerald I Coulda Been a Contender
New York Warner Books 1992 0-446-36284-0 / 9780446362849 First Edition Softcover Fine 
[very nice copy, the faintest bit of handling wear but essentially as new; tight, uncreased spine]. Mass Market PB This book "contains thousands of witty, funny, pithy, punny, and classic lines selected from the silver screen's most treasured films -- including cult favorites." Paperback original. 
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Reality Ends Here: 80 Years of USC Cinematic Arts, Goldman, Michael
32 Goldman, Michael Reality Ends Here: 80 Years of USC Cinematic Arts
San Rafael CA Insight Editions (c.2009) 1933784776 / 9781933784779 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[as-new copy, but bumped at the spine ends, hence not quite "Fine"; jacket shows very slight effects from the same bumping, but is otherwise flawless]. (B&W and color photographs, graphics) Elaborately-produced and fantastically self-congratulatory history of the film school at the University of Southern California, founded in 1929 with a little boost from the then two-year-old Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (There's a fabulous photo in the book of Douglas Fairbanks, the Academy's first President, delivering the opening lecture in the school's "Introduction to Photoplay" course, considered to be the official inauguration of the film school, although other cinema-related classes had been offered as early as 1927.) The book's Foreword is by the school's most notably successful alumnus, George Lucas, who also of course bankrolled the fabulous facilities currently in use by the department, and, one suspects, bankrolled this book as well. (All of which is JUST FINE, don't get me wrong (I went to UCLA myself but don't get me started on them), and after all, USC took cinema seriously much earlier than any other American university, so all appropriate kudos to them. I must say, though, that the full-page color photo of G.L. standing in the midst of a crowd of adoring USC students that faces his Foreword is a BIT much, especially with the Exterior-Day lighting so obviously contrived to give him that special super-being glow; it's a little too close, for my taste, to the poster image for GANDHI -- even to the way he's holding his hands in front of him. Oh well, "Reality Ends Here," right?) 
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The Garden of Allah, Graham, Sheilah
33 Graham, Sheilah The Garden of Allah
New York Crown Publishers, Inc. (c.1970) NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj 
(price-clipped) [slight bumping to top corners, minor shelfwear to bottom edge, previous owner's inked name on ffep; jacket is beautiful, bright and clean (very unsual for this title), would rate "Fine" but for the price-clipping]. (B&W photographs) "The Garden of Allah in Hollywood was a prison and a playground, a sanctuary and a glorified whorehouse, where the greats of Hollywood's golden years could carry on their private life unobserved by the public eye. In [this book], the celebrated columnist Sheilah Graham takes readers behind the walls of this fabled hideaway to bring them the inside story of the madcap existence of its inhabitants. As the author notes, 'In the thirty-two-year span of its life, the Garden would witness robbery, murder, drunkenness, despair, divorce, marriage, orgies, pranks, fights, suicides, frustration, and hope. Yet intellectuals and celebrities from all over the world were to find it a convenient haven and a fascinating home." 
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A Comparative Study of the Influence of Motion Pictures and Discussion Lessons on Students' Attitudes Toward Patriotism, Democracy and the Constitution, Hamilton, DeForest Shaw
34 Hamilton, DeForest Shaw A Comparative Study of the Influence of Motion Pictures and Discussion Lessons on Students' Attitudes Toward Patriotism, Democracy and the Constitution
[Berkeley CA] 1950 NO Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket) [minor shelfwear]. Bound copy of a seminar study, "Submitted in Partial Satisfaction of the Departments for the Degree of Master of Arts in Education in the Graduate Division of the University of California, September, 1950." The author states that "in this study an attempt was made to discover which of two methods of instruction, the use of educational motion pictures or discussion sections, would bring about a greater change in students' attitudes toward Democracy, Patriotism, and the Constitution of the United States. One group, the experimental group, was given instruction by means of motion pictures, and the other, the control group, carried on discussions based upon prepared reading materials containing content similar to that of the films." The study was conducted with junior high and high school students in the Modesto, California, public schools. Personally, I find this study at least as interesting for what it says about the examiner's (and by extension the entire educational system's) Cold War-era focus on "improvement of attitudes." All together, class -- can you say "indoctrination"? 108 pages + appendices. 
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A History of the Movies, Hampton, Benjamin B.
35 Hampton, Benjamin B. A History of the Movies
New York Covici, Friede 1931 NO First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
(blue cloth; no dust jacket) [decent reading/reference copy, front hinge a little weak but still holding (not split), internally quite clean; spine cloth faded and somewhat mottled]. (B&W photographs) One of the earliest historical examinations of the movies as an industry, written by an insider: the author, after stints in advertising, publishing and as a tobacco company executive, entered the film business in 1916 and worked for a number of production/distribution companies, including the General Film Company and Samuel Goldwyn. Although the 1970 Dover reprint (retitled "History of the American Film Industry, from its beginnings to 1931") is fairly common, the first edition is harder to find, and the reproduction of the 125 photographs (collected in a special section at the rear of the book) is markedly superior than in the reprint. 
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Filmgoers' Review: A Pictorial Survey of the Year's Films 1946-47, Hardy, Forsyth
36 Hardy, Forsyth Filmgoers' Review: A Pictorial Survey of the Year's Films 1946-47
Edinburgh Albyn Press 1947 NO (No. 3) Hardcover Good 
(pictorial hard covers, no dust jacket) [considerable wear to edges and covers, exterior of spine appears to be splitting but all pages still firmly affixed, long ink line and small surface-peeled spot on front cover, previous owner's signature and date on ffep, small annotations in table of contents]. (B&W photographs) Brief reviews of 41 notable releases of the year, including ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM, LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS, LADY IN THE LAKE, MILDRED PIERCE, SARATOGA TRUNK, SCARLET STREET, SPELLBOUND, THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, etc. (Some of these films had been released a year or two earlier in the U.S.) Includes a short section on "Personalities of the Year," including profiles of Fred Astaire, Ingrid Bergman, Marcel Carne, Joan Crawford, John Ford, David Lean, Robert Montgomery, Michael Powell, Harry Watt, and Orson Welles. 
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MGM: When the Lion Roars [boxed Collector's Edition, with filmstrip], Hay, Peter, with numerous others
37 Hay, Peter, with numerous others MGM: When the Lion Roars [boxed Collector's Edition, with filmstrip]
Atlanta Turner Publishing, Inc. (c.1991) 1-878685-95-3 / 9781878685957 Collector's Edition Hardcover First Printing Fine 
(no dust jacket; in slipcase, as issued) [book is in brand-new, flawless condition; blue cloth slipcase shows the faintest bit of surface wear, just from normal handling, but still presents as like new]. (B&W and color photographs, artwork) Lavishly-illustrated history of MGM from its beginnings through 1959. This is the "boxed Collector's Edition," so stated on a special bookplate affixed to the ffep, bearing the printed signature of Ted Turner; adjacent to the bookplate is mounted a plastic sleeve, inside which is purported to be "an authentic strip of film taken from one of the studio's two greatest movies -- Gone with the Wind or The Wizard of Oz." (In this particular case it's the latter -- a 13-frame sequence of 35mm film showing the Scarecrow, still mounted on his post, pointing the way for Dorothy (11 frames), followed by a close-up of Judy Garland (2 frames). But I'm just gonna be a purist about this, OK? Although it's unquestionably a strip of film from Wizard, its "authenticity" is a bit ersatz, since it's printed on safety film stock, hence from a print struck at least eleven years, give or take, after the film's original 1939 release, a point further emphasized by the "SAFETY FILM" designation right on the strip itself. But a bigger sin is that it's from an Eastman Color (i.e. not Technicolor) print, and therefore already has a very pinkish cast to it. I'll let you suss out the irony of this on your own.) And now, in the Credit Where Credit's Due Dept., here are the additional contributing writers to this lovely book: Woolsey Ackerman, Robert S. Birchard, David Chierichetti, Hiro Clark, Vic Cox, Lee Davis, Daniel Eagan, John Fricke, Timothy Gray, Howard Mandelbaum, Richard P. May, Michele Rubin, Merrill Shindler, Linda Sunshine, Lena Tabori, and Marc Wanamaker. [PLEASE NOTE that the ISBN which I've associated with this book was taken from a printed label that was affixed to the exterior of the slipcase at the time I acquired the book, but has subsequently come detached, and has been placed inside the back cover of the book. I have NOT used the ISBN that appears on the book itself, because it's the same as that of the regular (dust-jacketed) trade edition. This seemed to me the best way to avoid confusion, and if you've read this far you'll have no doubt about which version of the book you'll be getting.] 
Price: 200.00 USD
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French National Cinema, Hayward, Susan
38 Hayward, Susan French National Cinema
London/New York Routledge 1993 0-415-05729-9 / 9780415057295 Unstated ed Softcover Near Fine 
[nice tight copy, clean inside and out, minor exterior wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "This examination of France's national cinema takes its primary artefact, the feature film, and discusses both popular cinema and the 'avant-garde' cinema that contests it. [The author] argues that writing on French national cinema has tended to focus on either 'great' film-makers or on specific movements, addressing moments of exception rather than the global picture. Her work offers a thorough and much-needed historical textualisation of those moments and relocates them in their wider political and cultural context." 
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Cecil B. DeMille and American Culture: The Silent Era, Higashi, Sumiko
39 Higashi, Sumiko Cecil B. DeMille and American Culture: The Silent Era
Berkeley University of California Press (c.1994) 0-520-08557-4 / 9780520085572 1st printing Softcover Near Fine 
[very light handling wear, almost like new]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) This scholarly study of DeMille's silent film work "shows that the director best remembered today for overblown biblical epics was in fact one of the most remarkable pioneers in the film industry during the Progressive Era. In an innovative work that illustrates the intersection of cultural history with cultural studies, [the author] describes how DeMille artfully introduced cinema -- yet to achieve legitimacy as an art form -- into middle-class culture. He accomplished this by emphasizing the function of spectacle in public venues such as stage melodramas, department store displays, Orientalist world's fairs, civic pageantry, and lantern slide lectures, as well as in elaborate parlor games." 
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Harnessing the Rainbow: Technicolor Aesthetics in the 1930s, Higgins, Scott Patrick
40 Higgins, Scott Patrick Harnessing the Rainbow: Technicolor Aesthetics in the 1930s
Ann Arbor MI UMI Dissertation Services 2001 (c.2000) NO Softcover Fine 
[nice clean copy, with no discernible wear]. Facsimile of the author's Doctoral dissertation, "made from the microfilm master copy"; a revised version was later published by the University of Texas Press under the title "Harnessing the Technicolor Rainbow: Color Design in the 1930s." 
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