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Image for This Was Hollywood: An Affectionate History of Filmland's Golden Years

This Was Hollywood: An Affectionate History of Filmland's Golden Years

By: Day, Beth

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1960

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24655

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [light shelfwear to book, a bit of age-toning to edges of text block; jacket lightly soiled, a bit faded at spine, 1-inch chip at top of front panel]. (B&W photographs) Popular history of the movies by a popular magazine-feature writer; an early entry in the nostalgia-for-Hollywood's-Golden-Age genre. Although the author claims in her acknowledgments that she couldn't possibly list all of "the many helpful and hospitable Hollywoodians who aided this project," the bulk of her contacts (and thus the majority of her text) seemed to center around M-G-M: the first three pe... View more info

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Hollywood Saga [*SIGNED* by both William and Cecil]

By: de Mille, William C.

Price: $450.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co.: (c.1939)

Edition: 1st Edition (2nd printing jacket)

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22429

Condition: Good in Good dj


[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 fac... View more info

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The Cinema of Baseball: Images of America, 1929-1989

By: Dickerson, Gary E.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Westport CT/London, Meckler Publishing: (c.1991)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18389

ISBN: 0-88736-710-0

Condition: 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... View more info

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The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt

By: Eisner, Lotte H. (translated from the French by Roger Greaves)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Berkeley/Los Angeles, University of California Press: (c.1969)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23434

Condition: 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. View more info

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The American Newsreel, 1911-1967

By: Fielding, Raymond

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Norman OK, University of Oklahoma Press: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14489

ISBN: 0-8061-1004-X

Condition: 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 Hi... View more info

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Pictorial Beauty on the Screen

By: Freeburg, Victor Oscar

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Benjamin Blom Inc.: 1972

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 3600

Condition: 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 Wor... View more info

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Reality Ends Here: 80 Years of USC Cinematic Arts

By: Goldman, Michael

Price: $45.00

Publisher: San Rafael CA, Insight Editions: (c.2009)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20759

ISBN: 1933784776

Condition: 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 Photop... View more info

Image for A Comparative Study of the Influence of Motion Pictures and Discussion Lessons on Students' Attitudes Toward Patriotism, Democracy and the Constitution

A Comparative Study of the Influence of Motion Pictures and Discussion Lessons on Students' Attitudes Toward Patriotism, Democracy and the Constitution

By: Hamilton, DeForest Shaw

Price: $40.00

Publisher: [Berkeley CA], 1950

Seller ID: 12211

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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 giv... View more info

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A History of the Movies

By: Hampton, Benjamin B.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Covici, Friede: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20634

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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 ... View more info

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Filmgoers' Review: A Pictorial Survey of the Year's Films 1946-47

By: Hardy, Forsyth

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Edinburgh, Albyn Press: 1947

Edition: (No. 3)

Seller ID: 5306

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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 i... View more info

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MGM: When the Lion Roars [boxed Collector's Edition, with filmstrip]

By: Hay, Peter, with numerous others

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Atlanta, Turner Publishing, Inc.: (c.1991)

Edition: Collector's Edition

Seller ID: 20758

ISBN: 1-878685-95-3

Condition: 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 th... View more info

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Harnessing the Rainbow: Technicolor Aesthetics in the 1930s

By: Higgins, Scott Patrick

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Ann Arbor MI, UMI Dissertation Services: 2001 (c.2000)

Seller ID: 20729

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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." View more info

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Blacks in Hollywood: Five Favorable Years in Film & Television, 1987-1991 [*SIGNED*]

By: Hill, George, and Spencer Moon

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Daystar Publishing Company: 1992

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 10310

ISBN: 0933-6503-61

Condition: Very Good+


[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 View more info

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Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds

By: Hoberman, J.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The Museum of Modern Art / Schocken Books: (c.1991)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16809

ISBN: 0-8052-4107-8

Condition: 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." View more info

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Making Images Move: Photographers and Avant-Garde Cinema

By: Horak, Jan-Christopher

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Washington/London, Smithsonian Institution Press: (c.1997)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20748

ISBN: 1-56098-744-8

Condition: 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. View more info

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Motion-Picture Work; a general treatise on picture taking, picture making, photo-plays, and theater management and operation

By: Hulfish, David S.

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Chicago, American School of Correspondence: 1913

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 15009

Condition: 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 publi... View more info

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British Film Music

By: Huntley, John

Price: $45.00

Publisher: London, Skelton Robinson: [1947]

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20203

Condition: 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... View more info

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The Rise of the American Film: A Critical History

By: Jacobs, Lewis

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1939)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 13595

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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 influent... View more info

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Univers du Cinema

By: Jacques, Pierre

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Paris, Editions Felix Touron: (c.1966)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8320

Condition: 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.] (++) View more info

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Motion Picture Empire

By: Jobes, Gertrude

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Hamden CT, Archon Books: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17593

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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." View more info