“THE IMPACT OF SOVIET FILMS OF THE 1920S WAS IMMEDIATE AND CONTINUES TO THIS DAY”: RUSSISCHE REVOLUTIONSFILM, 1929
LUNATSCHARSKY, A.W. Der Russische Revolutionsfilm [Russian Revolutionary Film]. Zürich-Leipzig: Orell Füssli, 1929. Small octavo, original half red cloth, photographic boards. $250.
First edition of this important early work on Russian Revolutionary cinema with a pivotal focus on the early films of Eisenstein and Pudovkin, featuring 74 duotones, with text in German.
“The Russian revolution launched some of the most brilliant careers in cinema, and led to discoveries about editing and acting that have influenced every significant modern film. Before Eisenstein and Pudovkin… no one had given much thought to the way films are edited or the nature of screen performance. Films just got made. But in Russia, film became a conceptual art” (Guardian). This scarce first edition of Russische Revolutionsfilm (Russian Revolutionary Film) offers an important early record of that landmark period in cinema— paying particular attention to the films of Eisenstein and Pudovkin. Contained herein are numerous duotone images from Eisenstein’s Bronenosets Potyomkin (Battleship Potemkin, 1925), “the first film that achieved recognition and acclaim for Soviet cinema” (Nelmes, 405), and his film Oktyabre (October, 1927). Also featured are images from Vsevolod Pudovkin’s seminal trilogy: Mat (Mother, 1926), Konets Sankt (The Last Days of St. Petersburg, 1927) and Potomok Chingis Khan (Storm over Asia, 1928). “The impact of Soviet films of the 1920s on the analysis of film and filmmaking itself was immediate and continues to this day” (Nelmes, 417). See Thomson, 273, 719. With 74 duotones; text in German by A.W. Lunatscharsky and Leo Hirsch. As issued without dust jacket.
A fine copy in bright photographic boards, scarce.