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Lettrist Film

Ion: Centre de Création. No. 1 (April 1952) (all published).

1952. Paris: Marc-Gilbert Guillaumin, 1952. 22 x 17.5 cm. Original cardstock wrappers, light green front cover and black-and-white illustrated rear cover featuring a drawing by Gabriel Pomerand. 286 pp., scattered illustrations showing images from photographs. Some creasing to front cover, light browning and dust-staining to wrappers, minor wear along spine, slight toning, foxing, and chipping scattered throughout, about very good.

A 286-pp. special issue of the short-lived Lettrist film journal, edited by French filmmaker and writer Marc-Gilbert Guillaumin (known as Marc'O). The single issue contains articles analyzing film from a Lettrist perspective by many major figures within the movement. Half of the issue is devoted to a single piece by Isidore Isou, titled "Esthétique du Cinéma", with chapters touching on topics such as the definition of art, the definition of film, Isou's influence on film, and cinematography. Additional contributors include Gabriel Pomerand, Gil J. Wolman, Serge Berna, François Dufrêne, Marc'O, and Yolande du Luart, their essays featuring extensive scholarly notes. This journal also contains the first publication of the script of Guy Debord's avant-garde film "Hurlements en Faveur de Sade". Lacking any images, only solid white frames accompanying speech or solid black frames accompanying silence, the film was an early work of Lettrist cinema.

Noted French Fluxus artist Ben Vautier has cited the works of Isidore Isou and the Lettrists as one of his major influences. This is the only periodical in which the Lettrists discussed the cinema and is considered to be the movement's manifesto on the subject. Scarce institutionally.

Book ID: 52216

Price: $1,850.00