[UKRAINIAN CINEMATOGRAPHY] Naivazhlyvishe z mystetstv: Naris pro kino [i.e. The Most Important Art: Essay about Movie]
Kyiv: Proletars’ka pravda, 1929. Item #1296
48 pp.: ill. 15x10,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Rubbed, with minor tear of spine, pale water stain on inner lower corner of first leaves, some spots. Otherwise very good and partly uncut copy.
Very rare with no copies in Worldcat.
A small book printed as a supplement to a newspaper ‘Proletars’ka pravda’. It is about film production in general and Ukrainian production in particular. The book was published at the turn of silent and sound films, black-and-white and multi-colored motion pictures.
Among camera operators who contributed to a Ukrainian film company, D. Demutskyi, O. Kaliuzhnyi, M. Kaufman, B. Zavelev, Lavrik were listed. Avant-garde director and cameraman Mikhail Kaufman (1897-1980), a brother of directors Dziga Vertov and Boris Kaufman, started to work for VUFKU in 1927. They collaborated with Dziga Vertov who at the time of the book creation, was shooting ‘Enthusiasm: The Symphony of Donbas’ (1930). It became the first Ukrainian sound documentary.
The edition contains a photograph of a Kiev film studio in process of construction and a portrait of a pioneer of Ukrainian cinematography, director Olexander Dovzhenko (1894-1956) whose most prolific period had begun two years earlier.
Not found in Worldcat.