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 page to German expressionist writer Leonhard Frank: "Leonhard Frank / in herlzlicher Freundschaft / Bela Balazs / Berlin / 8.Feb.1927." A rare signature, and a strong association between two of Germany's most well-respected authors.
Balazs' 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 Balazs 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 Geza von Radvanyi's "It Happened in Europe" (1947). His early work included the librettos for Bartok's "The Wooden Prince" and Zoltan Kodaly's "Bluebeard's Castle." In 1958, the Bela Balazs Prize was founded as an annual award to recognize achievements in cinematography.
Very Good plus in illustrated, paper-covered boards.
Rossler, Filmfieber, p. 158.