RICHTER, Hans. Filmgegner von Heute - Filmfreunde von Morgen. Berlin: Verlag Hermann Reckendorf, 1929.

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Filmgegner von Heute - Filmfreunde von Morgen [Enemy of Film Today - Friend of Film Tomorrow].
Berlin: Verlag Hermann Reckendorf, 1929.

Large 8vo (252 × 189 mm), pp.128. Numerous reproductions of black-and-white photographs and film strips. Red cloth-covered boards, spine and upper side lettered in blue; occasional foxing throughout and to preliminary and end pages. Photo-illustrated dust-jacket; head and foot of spine and flap folds chipped and strengthened with tape to verso, light wear and creasing to edges. Near-fine in a very good example of the scarce dust-jacket.

First edition. Richter was a central figure in European and American experimental film. In this important study he reproduces photographs, stills and filmstrips from avant-garde films including Dziga Vertov's 'Man with a Movie Camera', Carl Theodor Dreyer's 'Le Passion de Jean D'Arc', and Fernand Leger and Dudley Murphy's 'Ballet Mecanique', as well as his own work. He also criticizes German and American commercial cinema for its over-reliance on star actors, excessive costumes and sets. This book was conceived in collaboration with Werner Graff as a companion volume to his Es kommt der neue fotograf! (1929), with both being issued to coincide with the Film und Foto exhibition organized by the Deutsche Werkbund in Stuttgart. Richter was in charge of the film program that ran alongside this important exhibition.

Regards sur un siecle de photographie a travers Le Livre (32); Fotografia Publica: Photography in Print 1919-1939 (480, 594); The Open Book 80-1


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