Moscow: Goskinoizdat, 1947. Item #354
280 pp.: ill., 28 pl. 22,5x16 cm. In original cloth. Design by Solomon Telingater (1903-1969). Endpapers design made by B. Kolesnikov, designed by S. Telingater. Binding slightly rubbed and soiled, small tear of the paper on the front pastedown. Otherwise near fine. Inscribed by the author on the half-title to director of photography Vitaly Abramov famous for ‘‘Ivan Vasilievich Changes the Profession’’ and ‘‘Sportloto-82’’: ‘‘To Vitaly Abramov with faith in his future. Sergey Yutkevich’’.
First edition of the first book about Sergey Iosifovich Yutkevich (1904-1985), a Soviet film director and screenwriter. Between 1921 and 1923 he studied under Vsevolod Meyerhold in Higher Director’s Courses and VKHUTEMAS with his friend Sergey Eisenstein. His films often were cheerier than most Russian films as he was influenced by American slapstick, among other things. However he also did serious historical films, docudramas, and biopics. He won Cannes’s Best Director Award twice: for Othello in 1956 and for Lenin in Poland in 1966. In Cannes, Yutkevich was a frequent visitor, more than once entered the jury of the famous film festival. He was friends with Picasso and Matisse, and both artists painted his portraits. Elegant in life, he was emphatically elegant in his directorial work. Whether it is the Miners, Counter, Man with a Gun, or Lenin in Poland.
Yutkevich was teaching students since 1939. This book is based on lectures he gave at Academy of Film Directing in 1938. Each ‘talk’ is dedicated to a subject - actor, director, editing, film artist. Second part is director’s diary with interesting materials on Soviet cinema and its history. Director’s filmography is given in the end. Text is accompanied by many black and white film shots.
Worldcat locates copies at Columbia, Berkeley, University of Illinois.