Paris: Unifrance, 1959. Original French film catalog, commemorating Unifrance Film's ten years (1949-1959) of production, featuring film still images, film bibliographies, actor biographies, and commentary on the role of French film and its creators by prominent figures in the field, including a preface by Rene Clair and an introduction by Wilfrid Baumgartner, director of the Banque de France. Lavishly photo illustrated throughout in duochrome, with text in French, and several leaves at the rear recapitulating the text in English.
Representatives at Unifrance "asked ten international film specialists to select from among the 1200 films made in France from 1949 to 1959 the ten works which seem most characteristic of this period," those films being "Orpheus" (1950, Jean Cocteau), "La Ronde" (1950, Max Ophuls), "Diary of a Country Priest" (1951, Robert Bresson), "Forbidden Games" (1952, Rene Clement), "Casque d'Or" (1952, Jacques Becker), "The Wages of Fear" (1953, Henri-Georges Clouzot), "Monsieur Hulot's Holiday" (1953, Jacques Tati), "A Man Escaped" (1956, Robert Bresson), "The Gates of Paris" (1957, Rene Clair), and "The Red Baloon" (1956, Albert Lamorisse). Other French films, actors, and directors are also featured throughout, many in color vignette images.
Unifrance would produce similar catalogs well into the 1970s; this being, in our estimation, the most extensive, dignified example. One of the coolest retrospectives we have seen, and indispensable for the Francophile cinephile.
Perfect-bound in color wrappers, 10.25 x 10.5 inches, 39 leaves. Very Good plus, with light rubbing and a few short creases.