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The Soul of the Moving Picture

By: Bloem, Walter S. (translated from the German by Allen W. Porterfield)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Company: (c.1924)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20137

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [light wear to extremities and a bit along hinges, gilt spine lettering a bit dulled but still fully readable, one-time owner's name at top of ffep, light staining to rear free endpaper]. (B&W photographs) An early attempt to formulate an aesthetic of the cinema, not on a purely theoretical basis but also grounded in the realities of film production and economics: the author, as a scenarist himself, was well aware that this still-nascent art form operated as a unique fusion of art and business, and that "the task of the film artist is always....to effect a happy union bet... View more info

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American Film Genres [Second Edition]

By: Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Chicago, Nelson-Hall: (c.1985)

Edition: First printing

Seller ID: 8950

ISBN: 0-8304-1048-1

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[ex-library book but virtually unmarked (just small library stamp on top edge), remnants of former jacket cover (now replaced) on both pastedowns (covered by jacket flaps); jacket has some minor creasing/wrinkling]. (B&W photographs) Updated and considerably-revised edition of the author's groundbreaking book, originally published in 1974; much harder to find than the original. The chapters from the previous edition on the big-caper film and the musical have been removed; new material includes a chapter on Sergio Leone and ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, a chapter about Kung Fu films, a chapter o... View more info

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Dada and Surrealist Film

By: Kuenzli, Rudolf E., ed.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Willis Locker & Owens: (c.1987)

Edition: 1st printing

Seller ID: 13747

ISBN: 0-930279-11-5

Condition: Very Good+


[good clean copy, some rubbing and surface wear to covers, slight curling at fore-edge of front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "A groundbreaking collection of original essays that analyze connections between film and these two highly influential 20th-century movements. These essays explore for the first time the differences between Dada and Surrealist film, discuss film scenarios as part of a much larger discursive field, and present new research and challenging analyses of major Dada and Surrealist films. The 'Documents' section contains a photographic reproduction of Robert Desnos ... View more info

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The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968

By: Sarris, Andrew

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co.: 1968

Edition: 1st Edition (see notes)

Seller ID: 24460

Condition: Near Fine


[nice copy, with minor external handling wear, brief gift inscription (non-authorial) on title page, very light soiling to bottom edges, a bit of fading to the spine lettering]. Trade PB One of the most influential and frequently-referenced (by both devotees and detractors) of all critical/historical film texts -- nothing less, in fact, than the Bible of the American branch of the Church of the Auteur. No matter what direction the later critical assessment of any given director might haven taken, for those who first encountered this book within the first decade or so after its publication it'... View more info

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The Art of Looking in Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW

By: Sharff, Stefan

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Limelight Editions: 1997

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 10438

ISBN: 0-87910-087-7

Condition: Near Fine


[small surface flaw at lower right-hand corner of front cover, otherwise a nice clean copy, virtually as new]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) The author "shows us how Hitchcock achieved the mounting excitement and fear that mark this film. [He] first provides a detailed overview of the director's skill in developing the story from intriguing start to shattering climax. In the second part of the book, he goes on to a shot-by-shot analysis; using the film's continuity as his text, he describes how Hitchcock's technique accomplished its magic. Illustrated throughout with stills from the film, ... View more info

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Film Criticism and Caricatures 1943-53

By: Winnington, Richard (selected and with an introduction by Paul Rotha)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: London, Elek Books Limited: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14591

ISBN: 0-236-40007-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very light shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket spine a bit sunned, but no significant wear]. (cartoon drawings) Per the jacket blurb, "Winnington is to be ranked as a film critic with James Agee, Eric Knight, Otis Fergusion, André Bazin and Louis Delluc. His masterly economy of style, his persuasiveness and wit make his reviews devastating and compulsive reading two and three decades after they were written. The caricatures that accompanied them are no mere satirical likenesses. His figures, with their air of witless gaiety (or tragedy), wide-eyed glare and glitter, and melting simplici... View more info