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Cecil B. DeMille and American Culture: The Silent Era, Higashi, Sumiko
41 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." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Harnessing the Rainbow: Technicolor Aesthetics in the 1930s, Higgins, Scott Patrick
42 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." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Blacks in Hollywood: Five Favorable Years in Film & Television, 1987-1991 [*SIGNED*], Hill, George, and Spencer Moon
43 Hill, George, and Spencer Moon Blacks in Hollywood: Five Favorable Years in Film & Television, 1987-1991 [*SIGNED*]
Los Angeles Daystar Publishing Company 1992 0933-6503-61 / 9780933650367 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
[light overall wear, soft diagonal crease at top corner of rear cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by author Hill on the title page. "This book is a comprehensive chronicle of Black participation in film and television for the five year period from 1987 to 1991." Includes separate essays on film and television, plus reviews of numerous individual films and programs. An appendix lists awards won by black performers and creative artists during the period. Includes bibliography, index. Signed by One Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds, Hoberman, J.
44 Hoberman, J. Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds
New York The Museum of Modern Art / Schocken Books (c.1991) 0-8052-4107-8 / 9780805241075 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, slight bump to both book and jacket at base of spine]. (B&W photographs) A cultural and social history of Yiddish film, by a longtime Village Voice film critic. "An epic tale of adventure and trauma, its turbulent scenes shifting from Moscow to New York, from Warsaw to Vienna, as a background of wars and revolution leads up to the tragic fate of European Jewry." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Making Images Move: Photographers and Avant-Garde Cinema, Horak, Jan-Christopher
45 Horak, Jan-Christopher Making Images Move: Photographers and Avant-Garde Cinema
Washington/London Smithsonian Institution Press (c.1997) 1-56098-744-8 / 9781560987444 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[no discernible wear to book at all; jacket rear panel show a little surface-scratching, otherwise very nice]. (Smithsonian Studies in the History of Film and Television) Series (B&W photographs) An analysis of the cinematic work of eight American and European still photographers: Chris Marker, Helmar Lerski, Paul Strand, László Moholy-Nagy, Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Danny Lyon, and Ed van der Elsken. Notes, Filmography ("Photographers Making Films," supplying film credits for approximately 125 photographers), Bibliography, Index. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Motion-Picture Work; a general treatise on picture taking, picture making, photo-plays, and theater management and operation, Hulfish, David S.
46 Hulfish, David S. Motion-Picture Work; a general treatise on picture taking, picture making, photo-plays, and theater management and operation
Chicago American School of Correspondence 1913 Unstated edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [solid copy, moderate overall wear, hinges and binding fully intact, 1-1/2-inch rip in spine cloth at bottom front hinge, cloth frayed exposing boards at 3 of 4 corners; internally very clean, despite some very light dampstaining to the last 80 pages or so]. (B&W photographs, halftones, diagrams) This massive work, first issued in 1911 (as "A Cyclopedia of Motion Picture Work," in two volumes), is really a gigantic how-to manual, with a staggering amount of detailed information about exactly how films were manufactured, distributed and exhibited to the public in the nickelodeon era. Very technically- and mechanically-oriented, it's divided into the following major sections: The Optical Lantern; Motion Head; Photography; Motography; Motion Picture Theater; Electrical Principles. Although there are some interesting scene stills from films of the day, there is virtually nothing in this book about the actual individuals involved in bringing films to the screen (for that I would recommend Robert Grau's "The Theatre of Science," published the following year) -- but if you want to know about the operation and maintenance of any one of nearly a dozen different models of projectors then in use, or the details of working out a weekly budget for a "high-class store-front picture theater," or how a candy vendor might have been instructed to work the crowd between shows, this is the book for you! Note that this appears to be, essentially, a one-volume, updated edition of the 1911 "Cyclopedia" (the first part of the book is numbered through page 282, at which point (with the "Photography" section) the page number starts over again and finishes up at 297). It's described in the Introduction as "a compilation of many of the most valuable Instruction Papers of the American School of Correspondence, and the method adopted in its preparation is that which this School has developed and employed so successfully for many years." 
Price: 300.00 USD
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British Film Music, Huntley, John
47 Huntley, John British Film Music
London Skelton Robinson [1947] First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj 
[slight bumping to spine ends, pages somewhat age-browned due to cheap paper stock employed, small bookstore stamp on ffep; jacket has some paper loss at top corners and bottom corner of rear panel, moderate soiling and general wear]. (B&W photographs) "A complete survey of Film Music in Great Britain from the earliest days of the silent picture to the present day -- how it all began, the films that mark the milestones along the road of development, a meeting with the composers, musical directors, sound engineers and orchestral players who contribute so much to our enjoyment of the cinema by their skill on the sound track." Includes contributions by R. Vaughan Williams, Louis Levy and Muir Mathieson. Includes an extensive "Biographical Index," with information and credits on numerous film music composers, music directors, sound recordists, sound track stars and film music writers. Other appendices cover: film music orchestras; examples of serious music featured in British films; dance bands featured in British films; B.B.C. film music broadcasts; B.B.C. film music items; gramophone records of British film music; and a bibliography. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The Rise of the American Film: A Critical History, Jacobs, Lewis
48 Jacobs, Lewis The Rise of the American Film: A Critical History
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company (c.1939) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, small black marks at bottom edges of endpapers (from former jacket protector), also some minor markings to book covers from same source; jacket itself is rather heavily worn along the top and bottom edges, with wrinkling, various small tears, etc., all attributable to its long-time "protection" by one of those old-fashioned jacket covers with the gunky black strips at the edges (now removed and replaced)]. (B&W photographs) The first comprehensive critical history of American movies, with a strong emphasis on films' relationship to society; a very influential work and an acknowledged classic of film scholarship. [I believe this to be a 1939 printing, but not the first, since it appears notably thinner (i.e., printed on lighter paper stock) than other early copies I've seen. The only date anywhere is the copyright date, and the code "I.5.56" appears on the copyright page.] 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Univers du Cinema, Jacques, Pierre
49 Jacques, Pierre Univers du Cinema
Paris Editions Felix Touron (c.1966) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(original clear mylar jacket) [very mild handling wear, faint soiling to bottom edge; mylar jacket shows some surface wear, no tears]. (B&W/color photographs) Profusely illustrated history of world cinema; text in French, but still a visual feast despite the language barrier. [Note: big fat heavy book; extra shipping charges may apply.] (++) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Motion Picture Empire, Jobes, Gertrude
50 Jobes, Gertrude Motion Picture Empire
Hamden CT Archon Books 1966 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[a solid clean copy, with the slightest trace of wear to bottom edge; white paper jacket is moderately soiled and unevenly browned, especially at spine]. (B&W photographs) "A well-documented and psychologically penetrating study of one of the largest industries in the United States. ... [the author] loses nothing of the irony, humor, pathos and acrimony that have characterized the growth of the industry, yet her touch is a light one and the intricacies of high finance are simplified and made dramatic." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Dark Page: Books That Inspired American Film Noir [1940-1949] [*SIGNED*], Johnson, Kevin
51 Johnson, Kevin The Dark Page: Books That Inspired American Film Noir [1940-1949] [*SIGNED*]
New Castle DE Oak Knoll Press 2007 158456217X / 9781584562177 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (photography) Dan Gregory Signed by Author
[lovely, as-new book, no wear whatsoever to either book or jacket]. (color photographs) SIGNED and DATED by the author on the title page. Gorgeously-produced bibliographic/pictorial survey covering 156 books (plus a handful of "secondary" titles), each of which served as the basis for an American film adaptation during the 1940s. For each book, the author presents detailed bibliographic information on the first edition, and a little background data on the book and/or its authors; beneath that on the same page are the credits and a brief blurb about the film version; on the facing page is a beautiful, larger-than-life-size color photograph of the book. Foreword by Paul Schrader, who knows two or three things about film noir. An errata sheet is laid in at the rear of the book, presumably covering all the errors that were corrected in the book's second printing in 2008. Signed by Author 
Price: 85.00 USD
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A Cast of Killers [*SIGNED*], Kirkpatrick, Sidney D.
52 Kirkpatrick, Sidney D. A Cast of Killers [*SIGNED*]
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. (c.1986) 0-525-24390-9 / 9780525243908 3rd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[minor shelfwear, top front corner bumped; jacket shows almost no wear, "Autographed Copy" label on front panel (which can be removed at buyer's request)]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. "The Sensational True Story of Hollywood's Most Scandalous Murder--Covered Up for Sixty Years and Solved at Last by the Great Film Director King Vidor." Well, true enough that the long-unsolved 1922 murder of director/ playboy William Desmond Taylor was "Hollywood's Most Scandalous Murder" -- equally true that director King Vidor was long obsessed with the case, right up until the time of his death in 1982 -- but it's evidence of its continuing fascination that despite the claims of this book, many people still don't think the case has been "solved at last." Still, a compelling read, even as you find yourself occasionally wishing that this terrific story had been placed in the hands of a somewhat more adept writer. Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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A Separate Cinema: Fifty Years of Black-Cast Posters, Kisch, John, and Edward Mapp
53 Kisch, John, and Edward Mapp A Separate Cinema: Fifty Years of Black-Cast Posters
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1992 0-374-26101-6 / 9780374261016 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Debbie Glasserman 
[previous owner's name in ink at top of ffep, otherwise Fine, with no significant wear to book; jacket slightly scuffed in one small area at right edge of front panel]. (color reproductions; B&W photographs) Preface by Spike Lee; introduction by Donald Bogle. Beautiful color reproductions of more than 200 posters dating from 1915 to 1965, providing "a unique glimpse of another era and of the extraordinary energy and spirit that characterized early black film." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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A Long Look at Short Films: An A.C.T.T. Report on the Short Entertainment and Factual Film, Knight, Derrick, and Vincent Porter
54 Knight, Derrick, and Vincent Porter A Long Look at Short Films: An A.C.T.T. Report on the Short Entertainment and Factual Film
Oxford/London/etc. Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians, in association with Pergamon Press 1967 First Edition Softcover Good+ 
[moderate wear, light soiling to page edges, minor rubbing/creasing to covers; binding sound, text unmarked]. Trade PB "The authors provide a penetrating study of the short film industry in Great Britain and present suggestions as to ways in which the British film industry can be restored to energetic and profitable life by concentration on development of the short film." (Hm. Wonder how that worked out?) "The contents are grouped under four main headings: Introductory Facts; The Entertainment Film; The Factual Film; and Conclusion, and within this framework many specialized aspects are covered, including films in industry and research, television, educational films and finance and economics." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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50 Super Stars, Kobal, John, comp.
55 Kobal, John, comp. 50 Super Stars
New York Bounty Books (c.1974) 0-517-515911 / 9780517515914 First Edition Spiral bound Very Good 
(stiff card covers) [light overall wear, bumped at a couple of corners, small bump/tear at top edge front cover, small bookstore stamp at bottom corner of half-title page]. (B&W & color photographs, movie ad reproductions) Attractive oversize album (12"x17"), essentially a kind of scrapbook with entries for fifty great movie stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, from the silent era (Theda Bara, Chaplin, Keaton, Valentino, Clara Bow) to the 1960s (the most "modern" of the bunch are Steve McQueen and Paul Newman). Three or four pages are devoted to each, generally with a brief biography and a filmography crammed onto one page, and the others given over to a variety of illustrations: often at least one of these is a full-page glamour portrait of the star (often in color), supplemented by an array of smaller photos and reproductions of posters, lobby cards, magazine and sheet music covers, etc. From an informational standpoint the whole thing is completely superficial, of course, and yet it's an absolute delight to flip through, with the illustrations for the most part well reproduced. (And the introduction by John Russell Taylor is actually a quite thoughtful and respectable essay on the significance of the "movie star" in cinema history.) Please note that I have collated this copy, and can state that all 160 pages are present and undamaged -- no small matter for a book in which so many full-page image virtually scream "suitable for framing!" 
Price: 25.00 USD
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From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film, Kracauer, Siegfried
56 Kracauer, Siegfried From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film
(n.p.) Princeton University Press 1947 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good in Poor dj 
(price-clipped) [moderately shelfworn book, solid binding, clean text; the jacket is a real mess, though -- tattered, torn, chipped, paper loss at both ends of spine, creases, wrinkles, and yes, etc.]. (B&W photographs) Certainly one of the most serious, and most influential, books on a national film history ever published. Dr. Kracauer really went to town on the German cinema of the 1920s and early 1930s, bringing all his psychoanalytic power to bear to explain how the tortured images that filled the country's screens during that period were a reflection of the deeply troubled national psyche. Although his history proper ends with Hitler's rise to power -- an event for which he contends that the previous 15 years' worth of films was mere prelude -- the book also includes a supplement section of about thirty pages examining "Propaganda and the Nazi War Film." There is also a section of "structural analysis," a bibliography, and an index. (Although the dust jacket is in real horrorshow condition, it should be noted that the original 1947 editing of the book is not often found with a jacket at all -- and that, in some strange way, the tattered condition of this one renders the front-panel shot of Conrad Veidt slinking along the wall in THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI even a little bit creepier than it already is.) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Hemingway and the Movies, Laurence, Frank M.
57 Laurence, Frank M. Hemingway and the Movies
Jackson University Press of Mississippi (c.1981) 0-87805-115-5 / 9780878051151 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj 
(price-clipped) [a bit of wear to book at spine ends, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket is bright and almost like new, the price-clipping being the only significant flaw]. (B&W photographs) Comprehensive analysis (sometimes including production history) of all fifteen of the Hollywood films based on Ernest Hemingway's books or stories. Includes individual chapters devoted to THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, A FAREWELL TO ARMS, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, THE KILLERS and FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, as well a chapter devoted specifically to the ways in which his books were censored for the screen, a discussion of "The Hemingway Hero and the Hollywood Star," and a final chapter discussing "the way Hemingway himself was played in those pictures that were promoted as movie versions of his life." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Behind the Motion-Picture Screen, Lescarboura, Austin C.
58 Lescarboura, Austin C. Behind the Motion-Picture Screen
New York Benjamin Blom, Inc. 1971 NO Reprint Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice copy, with just a bit of soiling to the bottom edge]. (B&W photographs) "How the Scenario Writer, Director, Cameraman, Scene Painter and Carpenter, Laboratory Man, Art Director, Property Man, Electrician, Projector Operator and Others Contribute Their Share of Work Toward the Realization of the Wonderful Photoplays of Today; and How the Motion Picture is Rapidly Extending Into Many Fields Aside from that of Entertainment." Beautifully-produced reissue (even if they did misspell the author's name on the spine) of a work originally issued in 1919. Extensively illustrated with both photographs and diagrams: every other page (all the right-hand pages) contains an illustration or two. Covers an amazingly wide range of topics, but with the stated aim of avoiding overly technical language, in order to serve "the film devotee of a more serious turn of mind who would ask pertinent questions and expect understandable answers concerning what takes place behind the motion-picture screen, and who would be unable or unwilling to turn to the technical volumes with their formidable verbiage." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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A Picture History of the Cinema, Lindgren, Ernest
59 Lindgren, Ernest A Picture History of the Cinema
New York The Macmillan Company 1960 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[solid copy, light browning to page edges; jacket is wrinkled, but still bright and attractive]. (B&W photographs) "The first systematic and authoritative pictorial survey of the development of the film as an art form in all countries, from the first appearance of the motion picture in 1895 up to the present day." 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Screening Spaces: Women and Motion Pictures in America, 1908-1917, Lindsey, Shelley Stamp
60 Lindsey, Shelley Stamp Screening Spaces: Women and Motion Pictures in America, 1908-1917
Ann Arbor MI UMI Dissertation Services 1995 (c.1994) NO Unstated ed Softcover Very Good 
[a little soiling to bottom edge, some minor annotations in first 25 pages of text, a couple of diagonally-creased page corners]. Doctoral dissertation from NYU (printed from microfilm), describing "how cinema helped shape the social maps of modern America by investing three sites crucial to the transfiguration of gendered domains in the pre-War era: the home, a space with which women remained deeply associated; city streets, where women now congregated; and the political arena, where they hoped to participate." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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