Der Sichtbare Mensch oder die Kultur des Films [The Visible Man]

Vienna: Deutsch-Osterreichischer Verlag, 1924. First German Edition, preceding all others, this being the hardcover variant published simultaneously with a more common wrappered edition. INSCRIBED by Balazs in German on the half-title pag to German expressionist writer Leonhard Frank: "Leonhard Frank / in leiblicher Freundschaft / Béla Balázs / Berlin / 8.Feb.1927." A rare signature, and a strong association between two of Germany's most well-respected authors.

Balázs' first book on cinema, which basically founded the German "film as a language" theory, which in turn yielded a profound influence on Eisenstein and Pudovkin. In a 1939 essay, he wrote,"the screenplay is an independent and a new form of literature," and championed the role of the screenwriter as the "auteur" of a film.

In the years that would follow Balázs would write the screenplays for G.W. Pabst's "Die Dreigroschenoper (1931), Leni Riefenstahl's "Das Blaue Licht" (which he also co-directed, 1932), and Géza von Radványi's "It Happened in Europe" (1947). His early work included the librettos for Bartók's "The Wooden Prince" and Zoltán Kodály's "Bluebeard's Castle." In 1958, the Béla Balázs Prize was founded as an annual award to recognize achievements in cinematography.

Very Good plus in illustrated, paper-covered boards.


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