Paris: Etudes Cinematographiques no. 30 - 31, 1964. First Edition. SIGNED by Akira Kurosawa in both Japanese and Roman letters.
Founded in 1960 by professor and literary critic Georges-Albert Astre and literature and film critic Henri Agel, "Etudes Cinematographiques" distinguished itself from the other foundational French film journals "Cahiers du Cinema" and "Positif" by taking a broader, more traditionally academic focus on issues. The journal published less frequently than its competitors, with each issue focusing on a single filmmaker or topic, allowing for more considered pieces and a broader range of opinions, rather than being associated with a singular point of view, as "Cahiers du Cinema" was with the French New Wave. This is particularly interesting in light of this issue's focus on Kurosawa, then still at the height of his international fame, but largely dismissed by New Wave critics in favor of the work of Kenji Mizoguchi.
Kurosawa's signature is rare, this being the first example we have ever offered for sale.
From the collection of noted cinephile and collector Pierre Goulliard, who spent decades in the latter half of the twentieth century obtaining inscriptions from the giants of European cinema.
Near Fine in wrapper. Lightly soiled, with couple of spots of foxing to the spine and a tap to the crown. Text in French, with photo illustrations accompanying some of the articles.