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Soviet Cinema

Rozhdenie kino-fil'my: ekskursiia na kino-fabriku [The birth of a cinema film: an excursion through the cinema-factory].

Moscow: Tea-kino-pechat', 1930. Small octavo (18 × 12.5 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 121, [2] pp. Wrappers with corners creased; upper spine splitting; else about very good.

A popular science text on contemporary film technology based on a visit to the Kiev film studios, written by the “pioneer of Soviet cinematography” Nikolai Anoshchenko (1894–1974). An aviator by training, Anoshchenko was also a cinematographer and inventor of cinema technology. In 1924–1927 he studied cinematography at the newly formed State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). Following his trip to Germany in 1925–1926 to study the newest cinematic technology, he patented a new color cinema process called “Spectrocolor” based on the German model “Kinemakolor,” later developing a parallel process for stereoscopic cinematography. The first Soviet color documentary “Prazdnik truda” (Labor Day, 1931) was made using his process. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s Anoshchenko was a professor of cinematography at VGIK teaching courses on cinematographic technology and cinematography, as well as authoring popular science texts such as this one.

As of October 2020, KVK and OCLC show only two copies, at Stanford and the Getty. .

Book ID: 50947

Price: $450.00