Moscow: Kino-izdatel’stvo SSSR, 1925. Small octavo (14.8 × 11.3 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 64 pp. About very good; light overall wear.
First book on the art of film by the “founding father of Soviet screenwriting” Valentin Turkin (1887–1958), with original constructivist-inspired wrappers by the Soviet actor and graphic artist Peter Galadzhev (1900–1971). Turkin started out as a journalist and film critic in pre-revolutionary publications such as “The Cinema Herald.” His first film scripts were realized in 1915, and he subsequently collaborated with major Soviet directors such as Boris Barnet and Abram Room throughout the 1920s. A vocal proponent of a strong narrative base in cinema, Turkin founded the screenwriting section of The State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1929, becoming the head of the Institute in 1931–1933. His other major publications include an expanded monograph on acting in film, “Kino-akter” (1929), and a foundational text on screenwriting, “Dramaturgia kino” (1938). The designer, Peter Galadzhev, trained as a graphic artist at the Stroganov Academy, and later at VKhUTEMAS until 1921. In 1924 Galadzhev moved into film acting, studying at VGIK under Lev Kuleshov and appearing in his film “Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks” (1925). Throughout the early 1920s Galadzhev also worked as a graphic designer for major film publications such as “Sovetskii ekran,” “Iskusstvo kino,” and “Kinonedelia,” as well as designing numerous book jackets for “Kino-izdatel’stvo” with his designs inspired by futurist and constructivist aesthetics.
As of October 2020, KVK and OCLC show two copies, at UNC and Stanford.
Book ID: 50951