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Film Music: A Summary of the Characteristic Features of its History, Aesthetics, Technique; and Possible Developments, London, Kurt (translated by Eric S. Bensinger)
61 London, Kurt (translated by Eric S. Bensinger) Film Music: A Summary of the Characteristic Features of its History, Aesthetics, Technique; and Possible Developments
New York Arno Press / The New York Times 1970 0-405-01622-0 / 9780405016226 Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [solid clean book with some fading to the spine cloth, tiny white scrape mark on front cover, no other significant wear]. (The Literature of Cinema) Series (B&W photographs) Reprint edition of the first book devoted specifically to composing music for films, originally published in England in 1936. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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It's a Gift, Louvish, Simon
62 Louvish, Simon It's a Gift
London British Film Institute/BFI Publishing 1994 0-85170-472-7 / 9780851704722 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[nice clean copy, light handling wear, minor bumping to bottom corners of a few pages]. (BFI Film Classics) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) Critical and historical discussion of W.C. Fields's great 1934 film IT'S A GIFT, including "tracing back the origins in Fields's stage work of the wonderful set pieces from which the film is constructed." (Carl LaFong ... capital L, small a, capital F, small o, small n, small g...) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Cinema Verite in America: Studies in Uncontrolled Documentary, Mamber, Stephen
63 Mamber, Stephen Cinema Verite in America: Studies in Uncontrolled Documentary
Cambridge & London The MIT Press (c.1974) 0-262-13092-0 / 9780262130929 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[spine a bit turned, slight bumping at top of spine, a little fading to cloth at base of spine, internally nice and clean; jacket edgeworn and rubbed, small closed tear at top front hinge]. (B&W photographs) The first full-length critical study of the style of documentary filmmaking that arose during the 1960s, the hallmark of which was filmmakers' innovative (and sometimes aggressive) use of special lightweight cameras and portable tape recorders. "The author outlines both the broad patterns of the cinema-verite approach and the divergent directions taken by members of the cinema-verite 'school.'" Primarily consisting of film-by-film studies, the book examines works by Frederick Wiseman, D.A. Pennebaker, Drew Associates, the Maysles Brothers, Richard Leacock and others, and is enhanced by the author's interviews with many of the filmmakers. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Romance and the "Yellow Peril": Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction, Marchetti, Gina
64 Marchetti, Gina Romance and the "Yellow Peril": Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction
Berkeley University of California Press (c.1993) 0-520-08495-0 / 9780520084957 1st printing Softcover Very Good Illustrated by (cover design) Barbara Jellow 
[good clean copy, slight bends to top corners of both covers; text unmarked in any way]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) This examination of the depiction of Asians and interracial sexuality in Hollywood films shows "how fantasy-dramas of interracial rape, lynching, tragic love, and model marriage are powerfully evident in American cinema. [She] brings the theoretical perspective of recent writing on race, ethnicity, and gender to her analyses of film and television and argues persuasively that these media help to perpetuate social and racial inequality in America. Her book will be certain to interest readers in film, Asian, women's, and cultural studies." 
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The Ohio Theatre 1928-1978, Marsico, Jim, and Alan Woods, editors/writers
65 Marsico, Jim, and Alan Woods, editors/writers The Ohio Theatre 1928-1978
[Columbus OH] Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (c.1978) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good+ dj 
[very light soiling to top/bottom edges, otherwise a beautiful copy; jacket rubbed/scuffed, a few small tears, moderate edgewear]. (B&W/color photographs, other illus.) Sumptuously-produced book celebrating the saving and restoration of the Ohio Theatre (originally Loew's Ohio) in Columbus, a 2,779-seat baroque movie palace designed by Thomas H. Lamb, which opened in March 1928 and was about to be demolished in 1969 when a preservation effort was launched, culminating in the declaration of the theatre as a National Historic Landmark. This volume, published to celebrate the theatre's Golden Jubilee, includes a wealth of visual and textual information on the theatre's history -- including reproductions of ads, newspaper clippings, vintage photographs and movie posters, etc. -- and the restoration. And it's a great pleasure to report that the Ohio is still going strong today, as home to The Columbus Symphony Orchestra as well as more than 100 cultural events each year, including classical, pop, and jazz concerts, dance, theater, comedy, children's entertainment, and (yes!) classic films. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Republic Confidential: Volume 2: The Players, Mathis, Jack
66 Mathis, Jack Republic Confidential: Volume 2: The Players
Barrington IL Jack Mathis Advertising 1992 0-9632878-0-X / 9780963287809 First Edition Hardcover Fine 
(pictorial boards; no dust jacket, as issued) [lovely, as-new condition]. (B&W photographs) An exhaustive, fully-indexed catalog of every actor and actress who ever received screen credit for an appearance in a Republic Pictures movie, with additional documentation regarding the studio's contract players. Includes a photograph, it seems, of just about every one of them -- many more for the contract players, which included Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, although with numerous stalwart character actors, whose names evoke their faces for legions of B-movie buffs: Roy Barcroft, Smiley Burnette, Ray Middleton, Slim Pickens, Tom Tyler, Ray Corrigan, et al. Then of course there was Vera Ralston, aka Vera Hruba Ralston, whose career as a movie star probably had nothing to do with the fact that she was the girlfriend (and later wife) of studio head Herbert Yates. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Underworld U.S.A., McArthur, Colin
67 McArthur, Colin Underworld U.S.A.
New York The Viking Press 1972 0-670-01953-4 / 9780670019533 1st U.S. edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderate external wear; binding solid, text clean]. (Cinema One) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) "A two-part book dealing with the history and development of the Hollywood gangster film (and its offshoot during the forties, the thriller or film noir)." The first section explores the genre's "characteristic themes, patterns, iconography, and actors," while the second section discusses the work of notable filmmakers who have worked within the genre: Fritz Lang, John Huston, Samuel Fuller, Nicholas Ray, Jules Dassin, Elia Kazan, Don Siegel, Robert Siodmak, and Jean-Pierre Melville. 
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Winchester's Screen Encyclopedia, Miller, Maud M., ed.
68 Miller, Maud M., ed. Winchester's Screen Encyclopedia
London Winchester Publications Limited 1948 NO First Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [Fair condition only, front hinge broken and front cover hanging in place by the webbing; considerable exterior wear, light browning to pages (cheap paper), vintage bookseller's label (Foyle's!) on front pastedown]. (B&W photographs, color plates) Reference book focusing largely on British films, but including numerous American stars in its "Who's Who in Films" section, with short biographies and credits for each. Also includes numerous short articles on a wide range of topics, categorized thus: Films in Great Britain (with a contribution by Sir Alexander Korda); Stars and Their Public; The Making of Films; Film Music (with a short discussion of "Contemporary Trends in Film Music" by Muir Mathieson); The Documentary Film; The 'Specialized' Cinema; Children at the Cinema. In addition to several dozen full-page black & white portraits, there are sixteen beautiful color portraits of various stars, including Humphrey Bogart, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck and Barbara Stanwyck. The only problem with the color portraits is that they are printed back-to-back (albeit on somewhat better paper stock than the rest of the book) -- thus, if one is inclined to break them out for framing or pinning-up, there are some tough choices to be made: Gregory Peck or Jean Simmons? James Mason or Deborah Kerr? Margaret O'Brien or Claude Jarman Jr.? Barbara Stanwyck or Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins? (Okay, so maybe some choices are easier than others.) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Splinters from Hollywood Tripods: Memoirs of a Cameraman, Miller, Virgil E., A.S.C.
69 Miller, Virgil E., A.S.C. Splinters from Hollywood Tripods: Memoirs of a Cameraman
New York Exposition Press (An Exposition-Banner Book) (c.1964) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[light wear to bottom corners, some spotting/soiling to top of text block, one tiny spot on fore-edge; jacket a bit faded at spine, minor wear to extremities, faint foxing on both flaps]. (B&W photographs) "Many books have been written celebrating -- or denigrating -- the stars who, throughout the years, have paraded before the cameras of Hollywood. [The author], probably more often than any other one person, was the man behind the camera. Here he focuses on his fellow cameramen and other behind-the-scenes colleagues, giving us sharp verbal pictures of these skilled professionals, without whom no motion picture could be made. This is his tribute to them." Miller, who started in the movie business at Universal Studios in 1913, ultimately worked into the 1950s; he did uncredited work on two of Lon Chaney's greatest films, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, although the bulk of his credited work was achieved on B pictures such as the Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto series at Twentieth Century-Fox. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Motion Picture Directing: The Facts and Theories of the Newest Art, Milne, Peter
70 Milne, Peter Motion Picture Directing: The Facts and Theories of the Newest Art
New York Falk Publishing Co. (c.1922) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [light wear to extremities, bookplate on front pastedown; gilt lettering still bright on front cover, a little dulled on spine]. (B&W photographs) "Used as a Supplementary Text in New York Institute of Photography." Directors whose work is discussed or whose views are expressed include D.W. Griffith, William De Mille, Cecil B.DeMille, Rex Ingram, Frank Borzage, Thomas H. Ince, Ernst Lubitsch, Joe May and Marshall Neilan. Also includes chapters devoted to slapstick comedy, serials, music, art direction, etc. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Stars, Morin, Edgar (translated by Richard Howard)
71 Morin, Edgar (translated by Richard Howard) The Stars
New York/London Grove Press / Evergreen Books 1961 2nd printing Softcover Near Fine 
[some creasing in spine, minor edgewear to covers, light stain at left edge of rear cover]. (Evergreen Profile Book 7) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) Originally published in France in 1957, this book is described on the cover as "an account of the star-system in motion pictures," but that makes it sound a good deal dryer and more purely "historical" than it actually is. While it certainly touches the major historical trends (and even throws in a two-page ready-reference list of "Chronological Landmarks" at the end), it's a much more wide-ranging exploration/meditation/analysis of movie stars as the "subjects of a cult that is one of the most curious social phenomena of the 20th century." Morin -- who, significantly, was not a "film critic" in any sense, but rather a philosopher and sociologist -- discusses the deeper meaning of such topics as fan mail and "star merchandise," using language and concepts that few American writers on film were employing at the time. Here, for example, is his take on fan clubs: "At the feet of each star rises, as if of its own accord, a chapel, i.e., a club. Some swell into cathedrals like the Luis Mariano club, which includes more than 20,000 zealots. [You may have to look up Luis Mariano -- I did -- but the example illustrates the book's not-completely-American focus] In the United States, each church periodically organizes pilgrimages to the great mother-Jerusalem, Hollywood." The author (who's actually still alive as of this writing, about to turn 94) devotes a full chapter to "The Case of James Dean," which certainly makes him one of the earliest serious analysts of the Dean cult. Say what you will about the French, they were onto something about the movies (especially American cinema) that it took most Americans quite a few years to catch up with. 
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Back of Beyond: Discovering Australian Film and Television, Murray, Scott (ed.)
72 Murray, Scott (ed.) Back of Beyond: Discovering Australian Film and Television
North Sydney, Australia Australian Film Commission (c.1988) 0-7316-4390-9 / 9780731643905 Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, minimal handling wear, slight bumping/bending to top corners affecting first one-quarter or so of the book]. (B&W photographs) Catalog for "the most extensive programme of Australian film and television ever presented ... [offering] a unique opportunity to explore the depth and diversity of Australian drama and documentary production within a thematic context." The program was presented by the Australian Film Commission and the UCLA Film and Television Archive, in association with the Australian Bicentennial Authority. Includes six original articles,and interviews with director George Miller (MAD MAX) and writer/producer Terry Hayes. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Mary Pickford, Comedienne [*SIGNED*], Niver, Kemp R. (edited by Bebe Bergsten)
73 Niver, Kemp R. (edited by Bebe Bergsten) Mary Pickford, Comedienne [*SIGNED*]
Los Angeles Locare Research Group (c.1969) 091398602X / 9780913986028 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[good solid copy, top front corner bumped; jacket lightly soiled and a little age-toned, minor wrinkling near top of front panel]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) INSCRIBED ("To Sydney [sic] Solow") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Essentially a "films-of-Mary Pickford" chronicle, but limited to only those films in which she "appeared as a comedienne, either as the principal actress, or in a supporting role" for the Biograph Company from 1909 through 1912; the illustrations consist primarily of reproductions of "Biograph Bulletins" (the company's trade ads) and frame blow-ups from the films themselves. "During the almost three years that Mary Pickford was with the Biograph Company, she averaged at least one film a week. Most of her roles were dramatic, and quite often she played the part of an Indian maiden. [D.W.] Griffith, however, recognized her ability as a comedienne and whenever he had a suitable story cast her in that manner. Much has been said of Mary's subsequent world-renown as a dramatic motion picture star, but rarely has her talent as a comedienne been given the attention it warrants." (The inscribee was Sidney P. Solow, longtime head of Consolidated Film Industries, one of Hollywood's major film laboratories, back when Hollywood had film laboratories. The author was an important early figure in film preservation, largely responsible for the restoration of films from the Paper Print Collection at the Library of Congress.) Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The First Twenty Years: A Segment of Film History, Niver, Kemp R. (edited by Bebe Bergsten)
74 Niver, Kemp R. (edited by Bebe Bergsten) The First Twenty Years: A Segment of Film History
Los Angeles Locare Research Group (c.1968) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, otherwise a clean, sound copy, with tiny bookstore rubber-stamped name on ffep, bookstore label on copyright page; light soiling and handling wear to mostly-white jacket, a few tiny tears at spine ends]. (B&W photographs) Using frame blow-ups from film prints in the Library of Congress Paper Print Collection (which he was instrumental in saving from destruction), the author provides an illuminating look at the cinema in its infancy. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Black Films and Film-makers: A Comprehensive Anthology from Stereotype to Superhero, Patterson, Lindsay, ed.
75 Patterson, Lindsay, ed. Black Films and Film-makers: A Comprehensive Anthology from Stereotype to Superhero
New York Dodd, Mead & Company (c.1975) 0-396-06843-X / 9780396068433 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ivan Paslavsky 
[light shelfwear, minor soiling to bottom edge, shallow dent in top edge of rear cover; jacket lightly rubbed, with a bit of wer to edges and extremities, minor paper loss at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) Selected articles and essays from the 1920s to the 1970s. Individual films to which entire pieces are dedicated include THE BIRTH OF A NATION, HEARTS IN DIXIE, CARMEN JONES, SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG, SOUNDER and BOOK OF NUMBERS. Contributors include Albert Johnson, Thomas R. Cripps, Robert Benchley, Edward Mapp, Melvin Van Peebles, Charles Michener, and Pauline Kael. Selected Filmography; Bibliography; Index. This was a review copy, with the original publisher's slip and press release laid in, along with a 5x7 photograph of the editor. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Newsreel Man [*SIGNED*], Peden, Charles
76 Peden, Charles Newsreel Man [*SIGNED*]
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1932 NO First Edition Hardcover Fair Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [binding is solid; rubbing to spine, moderate external soiling, dampstaining and heavy wear to bottom fore-edge corners, with a few bottom page corners also affected]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED to noted film director William K. Howard and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, additionally dated Feb. 8, 1934 in his hand; at an angle over "Charles" in his full signature he has written "Chic," obviously a nickname. The adventures of a cameraman for Movietone News -- but not just a self-centered "and then I shot - - " sort of chronicle, since he also devotes quite a bit of space to relating experiences and anecdotes told to him by a number of his colleagues. The final chapter, "Hopewell Two One," is essentially a late-breaking bulletin from the front lines of the Lindbergh kidnapping case: the author's deadline came just nine days after the story broke, when the missing child's body hadn't yet been found. (The connection between Peden and William K. Howard, by the way, is unknown; it would appear that the author never worked in Hollywood.) Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Aviation in the Cinema, Pendo, Stephen
77 Pendo, Stephen Aviation in the Cinema
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1985 0-8108-1746-2 / 9780810817463 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, very light wear to book extremities, minor scuffing to front cover]. (B&W photographs) Comprehensive history of "feature motion pictures, made-for-television films, and television series that feature some aspect of aviation." Includes an extensive bibliography and full name/title index. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Politics of Glamour: Ideology and Democracy in the Screen Actors Guild, Prindle, David F.
78 Prindle, David F. The Politics of Glamour: Ideology and Democracy in the Screen Actors Guild
Madison WI University of Wisconsin Press (c.1988) 0-299-11810-X / 9780299118105 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket a bit rubbed/scuffed]. (B&W photographs) "Drawing upon interviews, film rchives, press reports, and the documents of the Guild itself, [the author] examines the founding and growth of the Screen Actors Guild in the union battleground of the 1930s, when craft and industrial unions struggled for national dominance and organized crime attempted to muscle in on Hollywood. He analyzes its politics during the bitter factionalism of the era of the Hollywood blacklist and its efforts to protect its members as television radically changed the film industry in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Finally, he examines the conditions that led to the rise of a two-party electoral system between progressive and conservative actors in the 1970s and '80s, and warns that their ideological warfare may be on the verge of tearing the Guild apart." 
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The Promotion and Distribution of U.S. Latino Films, Puente, Henry
79 Puente, Henry The Promotion and Distribution of U.S. Latino Films
New York Peter Lang (c.2011) 1433113279 / 9781433113277 1st Edition (pb issue) Softcover Fine 
[bright and clean, essentially as new, with no discernible wear]. (Intersections in Communication and Culture, Vol. 28) Series (tables, charts) "This book documents the barriers to success encountered by U.S. Latino films over the past three decades, as their proponents sought to secure distribution deals and prove the films' worth as commodities. [It] includes interviews with marketers, publicists, and producers, and secondary research material from trade publications, newspaper articles, and websites, centering on marketing strategies, release dates, and box office figures. One of the first academic works to analyze the concurrent social and industrial factors within the U.S. Latino community and the larger Hollywood marketplace, this book examines and illuminates the history of U.S. Latino films." Bibliography, index. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Russians in Hollywood, Hollywood's Russians: Biography of an Image, Robinson, Harlow
80 Robinson, Harlow Russians in Hollywood, Hollywood's Russians: Biography of an Image
Boston Northeastern University Press (c.2007) 1-55553-686-7 / 9781555536862 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean book, tiny scrunch-indentation to bottom page edges, slight bump to top of spine, no other significant wear; jacket slightly dog-eared at top of spine, a trace of shopwear to top corners]. (B&W photographs) "This is the first look at the colorful yet largely unknown story of Russian emigres who worked in the American film industry [and] also an informed and entertaining analysis of the representation of Russians and Soviets in American cinema." 
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