DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS: THE MAKING OF A SCREEN CHARACTER
by Alistair Cooke (The Museum Modern Art 1940) 36 pages
7 3/4" by 10 1/4" hardback- fading around top and side of front and spine; inside blank page has some writing; back cover inside has pencil marks; tight spine, pages crisp, solid book
Notes: This is No. 2 in the classic series done by the Museum of Modern Art long before anyone gave a thought to silent film history. Written by the eminent Alistair Cooke, this book is both a polished and concise history of Fairbanks and a rare find for the collector of silent cinema books. THIS IS THE ORIGINAL 1940 PRINTING - NOT THE RECENT FACSIMILE EDITIONS!!
Price: originally $10.00 - On Sale $6.00
Order no. 131-1
STAR MAKER: THE STORY OF D.W. GRIFFITH
By Homer Crow with an introduction by Mary Pickford (Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1959) 210 pages
5 1/2" by 8 1/4" hardback
book condition: very good
dustjacket condition: Good, minor aging and wear, in plastic protective sleeve.
Notes: One of the first biographies on Griffith, doesn't propose to over analyze his life and films - very straightforward account, enjoyable to read.
Price: originally $14.00 - On Sale $7.00
Order no. 132-1
THE MOVIES IN AN AGE OF INNOCENCE
By Edward Wagenknecht (Limelight Editions, 1997 reprint of 1962 edition) 280 pages
5 3/4" by 9" paperback
book condition: brand new
Notes: Wagenknecht's classic volume on the silent era. He lived it and met most of the stars, so his first-hand reminisces are excllent, with particular emphasis on Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith
Price: originally $10.00 - On Sale $7.00
Order no. 133-2
VALENTINO: THE FIRST SUPERSTAR
By Noel Botham (Metro, 2002) 353 pages
6 1/8" by 9 1/2" hardback
book condition: brand new
dustjacket condition: brand new
Notes: "Bestsellgn author Noel Botham has spent more than twenty-five years and traveled over 30,000 miles search for and unraveling the mising ansswers which exlain Valentino's brief but incredible lie and has spoken to many of the people who shared, at first hand, as they happened, the good and the bad times of the cinema's first superstar. He conduced frank and revealing face-to-face interviews with movie stars of Belentiono's time -- Carmel Myers, Viola Dana, Gloira Swanson, Pola Negri, Gertrude Astor and othreers, enabling him to paint htis rounded and unique portrait of the screens most exciting and enduring legend. Glossy photos.
Price: originally $18.00 - On Sale $12.00
Order no. 134-1
Text by Joseph McBride and Michael Wilmington (De Capo, 1988) 234 pages
5 1/4" by 8 1/4" paperback
book condition: very good, some underlined passages in pencil
Notes: Excellent overview of Ford's life and career. Focuses on selected films to tell his story such as "Straight Shooting," "Stagecoach," "Wagon Master," "They Were Expendable," "My Darling Clementine," "Fort Apache," "The Quiet Man," "The Searchers," "Sergeant Rutledge," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," and more. Lots of good photos.
Price: originally $8.00 - On Sale $4.00
Order no. 135-1
BOUND AND GAGGED - THE STORY OF THE SILENT SERIALS
by Kalton C. Lahue (Castle Books, 1968) 352 pages
7 1/4" x 10 1/4" hardback
book condition: very good, ex-library with card sleeve in back, library name stamp on bottom, inside pages excellent
dustjacket condition: very good, in mylar sleeve
Notes: Another great books on the silent era from Kalton C. Lahue covers all of the important serials such as "The Adventure of Kathlyn," "The Adventures of Tarzan," "The Hazards of Helen," "The Million Dollar Mystery," "The Perils of Pauline," and dozens and dozens more. Lots of great photos from the serials of such stars as Pearl White, Eddie Polo, William Desmond, Elmo Lincoln, Arline Pretty, Paul Panzer, Pauline Curley, Helen Holmes, Kathlyn Williams and more. Also has many behind the scenes photos and advertisements for the serials, too. Great book!
Price: originally $15.00 - On Sale $8.00
Order no. 136-1
PASSIONS AND DECEPTIONS: THE EARLY FILMS OF ERNST LUBITSCH
By Sabine Hake (Princeton University Press, 1992) 215 pages
6" by 9 1/4" paperback
book condition: brand new
Notes: Excellent overview Lubitsch's early films - chapters on "The German Feature Films 1918-1922," "Hollywood - the Silent Films 1923-1929," "American Sound Films 1929-1932," and more - covers such films as "So This Is Paris," "Passion,"
Price: originally $10.00 - On Sale $5.00
Order no. 137-1
STROHEIM: A PICTORIAL RECORD OF HIS NINE FILMS
By Herman G. Weinberg (Dover Publications, Inc., 1975) 259 pages
8 3/8" by 9 1/8" paperback
book condition: excellent
Notes: Amazing book with 202 high quality stills from Stroheim's nine films. Includes production credits, cast, synopsis and lots of publicity material, too.
Order no. 138-0
PICTORIAL BEAUTY ON THE SCREEN (orig. pub. 1923)
By Victor Oscar Freeburg, Ph.D., with a prefatory note by Rex Ingram (Benjamin Blom, Inc., 1972 - originally published 1923) 218 pages
8 3/4" by 11 1/4" hardback
book condition: very good, some tape residue on inside cover and first blank page (Note: title page is shown at left because there is no print on the cover)
dustjacket condition: no dustjacket
Notes: Ingram's prefatory note states, " . . . a motion picture must be composed of scenes that have certain pictorial qualifications, such as form, composition, and a proper distribution of light and shade. Dr. Freeburg handles his subject clearly and comprehensively, and I know that the majority who read this book will gain a great deal more enjoyment than previously from productions of the calibre of 'Broken Blossoms,' 'Dr. Caligari,' 'Blind Husbands,' 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,' 'Nanook of the North,' and films more numerous than I can mention by such picture makers as Messrs. Griffith, Seastrom, Tourneur, Von Stroheim and Lubitsch." Many great photos, too.
Price: originally $10.00 - On Sale $4.00
Order no. 139-1
REALISM AND THE CINEMA
By edited by Christopher Williams (Rpit;edge & Kegan Paul, 1980) 285 pages
8 5/8" by 5 5/8" hardback
book condition: excellent, owner's name written on inside front cover
dustjacket condition: very good - small tear on corner, small white spot on front, minor wear
Notes: From the BFI Readers in Film Studies series, addresses the debate about realism in cinema through critical commentary. In the first section are extracts from the works of the principal historical champions of realism, from Dziga Vertov to Eric Rohmer. The second section assembles a series of critical descriptions of Robert Flaherty's work. The third part deals with style and ideology from the 1920s to the 1970's, and the fourth part looks at ways in which specific film techniques have been associated with particular kinds of realism. The book includes a full reference section, with notes, brief biograhies of contributors, suggestions for further reading, and lists of films relevant to the arguments.
Price: originally $6.00 - On Sale $3.00
Order no. 140-1
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