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Klein, William (Artist/Filmmaker) & Clouzot, Claire (Contributor). WILLIAM KLEIN: FILMS. Paris, France: Marval/Maison Europeenne De La Photographie, 1998. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 158 pages. Fine.

Exhibition monograph. Retrospective collection of the artist/photographer's films. The single most important book on the cinematic work of William Klein. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition, which appeared a full year later. Published as a softcover original only. The edition is now rare. A brilliant production by William Klein: Oversize-volume format. A tall and slim book. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and film stills selected and sequenced by William Klein. Essay by Claire Clouzot. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie Paris in 1998. Presents the complete cinematic oeuvre of the visual artist who is much better-known as a ground-breaking photographer. By 1964, Willam Klein had completed his now-legendary series of books on cities ("New York", "Moscow", "Rome", and "Tokyo"), and felt he had said everything he wanted to say through photography. He turned his restless and inexhaustible creative energies to film-making, and spent an extended period that lasted for more than two decades (from 1965 to the 1980's), making quirkily brilliant films that enjoy a global cult following. It takes a truly courageous and uncompromising artist to abandon one medium, after leaving his indelible mark on it, and move on to another. Just as he permanently and radically changed the way people take photographs, William Klein's films expanded and enriched the cinematic vocabulary with such pioneering films as "Broadway By Light", "Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?" , "Mr. Freedom", "Muhammad Ali The Greatest", "The Little Richard Story", and "The Messiah". One of the greatest film directors of all time praised "Broadway By Light", on Manhattan's magnificent neon-lit signs, as "the very first film that needed to be made in color" (Orson Welles). Since then, many well-known photographers have branched out into film-making. Some of the more recent sensations like Larry Clark, Bruce Weber, David LaChapelle, and Anton Corbijn have either turned to making films in addition to their photographic work or abandoned photography altogether. All of them credit William Klein's pioneering example as their primary inspiration. William Klein eventually returned to photography, and is now firmly established as one of the greatest visual artists of our time. Supplemented with an insightful essay by Claire Clouzot, this is the definitive book on William Klein's film work, whose recognition is very long overdue. A "must-have" title for William Klein completists. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in metallic-silver marker on the title page by William Klein. It comes with a brand-new, shrinkwrapped copy of "The Delirious Fictions of William Klein" from Criterion, which presents for the very first time in DVD format three of William Klein's finest films. This is an Import title, was not sold outside France, and is now very highly collectible. This is the only copy of the true First Edition available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, an unread collector's copy. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color plates. William Klein's "Life Is Good And Good For You In New York" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WILLIAM KLEIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 2862342637. $500.00

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