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1 Slide, Anthony, ed. Filmfront; a reprint edition annotated by Anthony Slide
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1986 0-8108-1849-3 / 9780810818491 First Edition Hardcover Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean as-new copy]. A reprint of all five issues of Filmfront, a radical film journal published by the Film and Photo League in late 1934 and early 1935. (NOTE that this was originally a mimeographed publication, and has not been reprinted here in facsimile form, but has rather been re-typed, with additional historical annotations.) The introduction is by David Platt, who joined the Film and Photo League in 1931. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2 Slide, Anthony Nitrate Won't Wait: A History of Film Preservation in the United States [*SIGNED*]
Jefferson NC McFarland & Company (c.1992) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Signed by Author
(no dj, as issued) [faint external handling wear only]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For ____ ____ - / Preserve these films! - / Very best wishes, / Anthony Slide / 10/7/04." "This is a factual account of the history of film preservation in the United States," states the author, "but it is also a highly opinionated volume." At a time when terms like "preservation" and "restoration" have come into common usage, yet are often mis-used or misunderstood, this volume provides valuable insight into the technical, legal, aesthetic, financial and political complexities of moving image preservation. Appendices: Members of FIAF; Major U.S. Noncommercial Film Archives; Major Non-U.S. Commercial Film and Video Libraries; Major U.S. Commercial and Stock Footage Libraries; Subject Guide to U.S. Films Preserved in U.S. Archives; Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images [adopted by UNESCO, 1980]; Restoring Josef von Sternberg's THE SAGA OF ANATAHAN; The Scandinavian Way (a discussion of the work of the film archives of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland--"a model which could, and should, be followed by film archives throughout the world"). Bibliographies: General Works; Technical Works; Colorization and the National Film Preservation Board; Specific Projects. Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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3 Slide, Anthony Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses
Lexington KY The University Press of Kentucky (c.2002) 0-8131-2249-X / 9780813122496 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Cheryl Conrad 
[nice clean copy, with just a teensy bump to the bottom front corner; jacket shows only light surface wear, insignificant wrinkling at bottom of front panel]. (B&W photographs) Brief but often illuminating mini-biographies of 100 silent film players by this prominent and prolific film historian, whose insights (as he explains in his preface and a brief autobiographical essay) are often informed by his personal acquaintance and conversations with many of the people he writes about. (As he succinctly observes: "The silent players I have known were anything but silent.") The "vibrant and appealing personalities" discussed range from legendary stars like Lillian Gish, William S. Hart, Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, to less-well-remembered performers such as Jetta Goudal, Charles Ray, Mary Brian, Jack Mulhall, etc. Some of the major personalities of the era are discussed in a brief chapter called "The Legends" (Lon Chaney, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Buster Keaton, Rudolph Valentino) and there is also a group analysis of "The Vamps" (Theda Bara, Louise Glaum, Kitty Gordon, Olga Grey, Alice Hollister, Valeska Suratt). Altogether a charming and highly readable book, and somewhat sad, too; as the author states at the end of his introduction: "As I complete the manuscript, I am painfully aware that all my friends from the silent era ... are gone. With [this book], I say goodbye to my friends and to a part of my life that has meant so much to me and that can never be repeated." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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4 Slide, Anthony Some Joe You Don't Know: An American Biographical Guide to 100 British Television Personalities
Westport CT/London Greenwood Press 1996 0-313-29550-6 / 9780313295508 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover design) Richard Rossiter 
(laminated pictorial boards; no dust jacket) [spine slightly turned, no other significant wear]. (B&W photographs) Biographical essays, with bibliographies, on some of the British TV actors and actresses who are most widely known to American audiences. Incorporates transcripts of interviews with several of the subjects: Terence Alexander, Richard Briers, Benny Hill, Wendy Richard, Prunella Scales, and Moray Watson. Among the additional familiar names included are: Rowan Atkinson, Tom Baker, Jeremy Brett, Robbie Coltrane, Dame Edna Everedge (Barry Humphries), David Frost, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard Greene, Nigel Hawthorne, Lenny Henry, Frankie Howerd, John Hurt, Derek Jacobi, Hugh Laurie, Joanna Lumley, Art Malik, Jean Marsh, Patrick McGoohan, Leo McKern, Ian McShane, Helen Mirren, Monty Python, Tim Pigott-Smith, Dennis Potter, Ian Richardson, and David Suchet. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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5 Slide, Anthony The Big V: A History of the Vitagraph Company; a new and revised edition [*SIGNED*]
Metuchen NJ / London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1987 0-8108-2030-7 / 9780810820302 Revised Edition Hardcover Fine Signed by Author
(no dust jacket, as issued) [sharp-looking copy, bright and clean with no discernible wear]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("Vitagraphically Yours!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, additionally dated in his hand 9/25/02. A revised and somewhat expanded version of a book originally published in 1976, it's an excellent history of one of pioneer film production companies, which traced its origins to an 1894 meeting between J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith, who would become its founding partners. The pair began producing and distributing its own films in 1897, and went on to build Vitagraph into one of the early motion picture industry's dominant firms -- in fact, of all the companies that arose in the period before 1910, Vitagraph was the only one to continue as a viable operation well into the 1920s. (The firm was bought by Warner Bros. in 1925, largely to acquire its extensive and well-organization distribution system; sharp-eyed viewers can still spot copyright notices for "Vitagraph, Inc." in the fine print of the credits of Warner Bros. releases into the 1940s.) The volume includes: an extensive bibliography; a "Vitagraph Who's Who," with brief biographies of major company personnel (mostly actors); a necrology; a complete filmography (arranged chronologically); and a full index. Signed by Author 
Price: 65.00 USD
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6 McFarlane, Brian, ed.; Anthony Slide, associate ed. The Encyclopedia of British Film
London Methuen Publishing Limited 2003 0-413-77301-9 / 9780413773012 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[nice clean copy, front cover has some minor creasing and slight curling along right-hand and bottom edges; no other significant wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Nearly 6,000 entries, from Aardman to Zucco, providing "extensive information with a critical edge" about: stars and character players; directors and producers; cinematographers; composers; studio heads and agents; editors and writers; studios and companies; cinemas; costume designers; organizations and institutions. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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7 Slide, Anthony, ed. The Silent Picture - issue no. 9 (Winter 1970-71) [cover: Raoul Walsh and Gloria Swanson in SADIE THOMPSON]
London The Silent Picture 1971 (No. 9) Magazine Very Good 
[general edgewear, slight dog-earing to bottom right page corners, rear corner covers and top edge of rear cover]. (B&W photographs, graphics) Rare issue (all issues are pretty rare, actually) of this short-lived (1968-1974), intermittently-issued, small-circulation journal that billed itself as "the only serious quarterly devoted entirely to the art & history of the silent motion picture." An early-career venture by Anthony Slide, who would go on to a long and prolific career as one of the pre-eminent historians of silent film, it was a valuable contribution to the field despite its relatively small readership. This issue (32 pages, including covers) is devoted almost entirely to an article by Walter Conley about the silent film career of Raoul Walsh, who began as an actor in 1909 but soon transitioned to the production side, first as an assistant to D.W. Griffith and then (and very soon) as a director in his own right. (After his transition from actor to director, he stepped back in front of the cameras just once, taking the lead in SADIE THOMPSON, which he also directed, released in early 1928. His renascent acting career, however, was cut short when he lost an eye in an automobile accident later that year.) The article includes a filmography of Walsh's directing credits, both silents and talkies. Also in this issue: "The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America," an article by Paul O'Dell about D.W. Griffith's published pamphlet of that name, issued in response to what he considered unjust criticisms of his epic film THE BIRTH OF A NATION; a discussion of the 1929 German-Soviet co-production THE LIVING CORPSE (aka A LEGAL MARRIAGE), directed by Fyodor Otsep, based on an uncompleted play by Leo Tolstoy. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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8 Slide, Anthony The Television Industry: A Historical Dictionary
New York Greenwood Press (c.1991) 0-313-25634-9 / 9780313256349 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, top corners lightly bumped but no other discernible wear]. A-to-Z guide to the TV industry, with "more than 1,000 entries on production companies, distributors, organizations, genres, technical terms, and much, much more." Includes a general bibliography of reference books on television. Considering the changes in the TV business over the last twenty years, this book has become "historical" in more ways than one. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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