Budapest: Szikra Kiadas, 1948. First Hungarian Edition, preceding all others. Lengthily INSCRIBED by the author in Hungarian in the year preceding publication on the first blank leaf, ending with "Budapest / 47.XII.14." A rare signature.
A renaissance man in the world of early cinema, Balázs began writing film criticism, poetry, librettos, and screenplays in 1907, and died after a very prolific career in 1949, one year after the publication of this title. The book was subsequently published in English by Denis Dobson in 1952 as "Theory of the Film" to great acclaim, presenting in a fully developed form the concepts he basically invented throughout his career.
Balázs wrote his first book on film, "Der Sichtbare Mensch" ["The Visible Man"] in 1924 and helped found the German "film as a language" theory, which profoundly influenced Eisenstein and Pudovkin. He also wrote the librettos for Bartók's "The Wooden Prince" and Zoltán Kodály's "Bluebeard's Castle," and wrote the screenplays for G.W. Pabst's "Die Dreigroschenoper in 1931, Leni Riefenstahl's "Das Blaue Licht" (which he also co-directed) in 1932 and Géza von Radványi's "It Happened in Europe" in 1947.
Near Fine in linen-covered boards, patterned endpapers, page edges lightly toned. Reference Wikipedia for English-language title. Page edges toned.