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Soviet Cinema Fan Culture

Pristsilla Din [Priscilla Dean].

Moscow: Kinopechat’, 1927. 12mo (14 × 11.5 cm). Original staple stitched pictorial wrappers; 15, [1] pp. Illustrations. Very good.

Second edition. Soviet fan biography of the American silent cinema star Priscilla Dean (1896–1987), with numerous portraits and a filmography of the actress to last page. Little is known about the author, K. Oganesov (possibly a pseudonym), who seems to have been an expert on American cinema, publishing pamphlets on American directors, American studio system, as well as half a dozen fan biographies Milton Sills, Pearl White, Corinne Griffith among others.

This and many similar pamphlets were published by the NEP-era publishing house Kinopechat’ (1925–1927), later known as Teakinopechat (1927–1929), which published both serious theoretical film literature by formalist theoreticians such as Boris Eikhenbaum and Viktor Shklovsky and film directors such as Vsevolod Pudovkin, as well as popular film materials. Most of Kinopechat’ profits came from the sales of fan posters, post cards and booklets of domestic and foreign film stars such as this one. By 1929 the sale of these ‘bourgeois fan materials’ caused a scandal at the publishing house and the publisher started printing literature on “kinofikatsiia derevni” (the spread of the cinema into the villages) which was more in line with the first five-year plan (1928–1932). Nevertheless, the publishing house was soon closed.

As of December 2021, KVK, OCLC show one copy, in North America.

Book ID: 51828

Price: $400.00