Edinburgh, Scotland: Cinema Quarterly, 1932-1935. First Edition. Volumes One through Three, including the first issue, of the UK film review magazine, focusing on documentary and international cinema.
The highly influential magazine lit a flame as an important European literary and film quarterly, generally considered the first English-language journal devoted to film as art, specifically documentary film. The editors were Norman Wilson and Forsyth Hardy, both regular contributors, along with the likes of John Grierson, a Scotsman often considered the father of British documentary film, and the man who familiarized the term "documentary" in a 1926 film review for the "New York Sun." The driving factor behind "Cinema Quarterly" was the intent to highlight the "empty masquerade of sham sentiments and false emotions that is the stock-in-trade" of commercialism, while simultaneously illuminating the burgeoning world of international avant-garde and documentary film.
"Cinema Quarterly" covered the latest film theory, with articles on directors like Grierson, Eisenstein, Joris Ivens, Alfred Hitchcock,and others, and featured black-and-white photographs throughout. In later years, the magazine changed its name to "World Film News and Television Progress," finally petering out in 1938 after 3 issues as "SEE: World Film News." Perhaps the most difficult of early film journals.
Included in the archive:
Volume 1, issues 1-4 (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer; 1932-1933)
Volume 2, issues 1-3 (Autumn, Winter, Spring; 1933-1934)
Volume 3, issues 1-4 (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer; 1934-1935)
5.5 x 8.5 inches (volume 1), 6.5 x 9 inches (volumes 2, 3), perfect-bound printed wrappers. All volumes Very Good or better, with toning, creases, and foxing. A few issues with small chips or tears. Subscription form present in the first issue.