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Skrebneski, Victor (Artist/Photographer); Ebert, Roger; Kutza, Michael & Other Contributors. MOVING PICTURES! : 40 YEARS OF MOVING PICTURES FROM THE CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Chicago, IL: Cinema/Chicago, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 244 pages. Fine.

The artist/photographer's retrospective collection on subject. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. There is no ISBN. The book is now rare. A brilliant production by Victor Skrebneski and Michael Kutza: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards, which feature one of the most celebrated Festival posters, with red and black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Victor Skrebneski. They are presented in eight separate yet seamlessly linked parts: "Stars", "Posters", "Directors", "Critics", "The Board", "Flash Back!", and "Flash Forward!". There are also vintage photographs, taken by numerous photojournalists, that Skrebneski included in the book. Introduction, "Forward Moving Pictures!", by Roger Ebert. Essays by John Russell Taylor on the sexy posters and Michael Kutza on the Festival's history. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the Festival's 40th Anniversary. If Cannes is about glamor; New York, intellectual seriousness; and Sundance, the "indie-film" spirit, Chicago is about the sheer diversity of global cinema. Many of the world's greatest films were first shown here. It is a tribute to Skrebneski's merchandising genius that he created posters which deliberately emphasized sex appeal, to draw attention to the Festival and get people interested in the films screened: It's cool and sexy to watch "foreign" films. The stars who have appeared at the Festival include Faye Dunaway, John Travolta, Cindy Crawford, Liv Ullmann, Tom Cruise, Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, and Robin Williams, among many others. The directors include Francois Truffaut, Patrice Chereau, Ming Lang Tsai, Oliver Stone, and Orson Welles, among many others. For his posters, Skrebneski picked only the best models: Dolph Lundgren, Iman, Marcus Schenkenburg, The Brewer Twins, and David Sojka, in solo, duo, trio, and group nude portraits. Skrebneski's devotion to his adopted city is profound: He has also published books on the world-class Lyric Opera of Chicago ("Bravi!", 1994), its legendary theatre company ("Steppenwolf 25", 2004), and its legendary night life ("Richard's Bar", 2007), all of them iconic Chicago/American institutions. At his very best, Skrebneski is ranked with Richard Avedon and Irving Penn as a fashion, lifestyle, and portrait photographer. As a male and female nude photographer, he is firmly grounded in the great tradition of Horst and George Platt Lynes. The late great fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy paid Skrebneski the ultimate tribute anyone could hope for when he called the latter "an artist, not just a photographer". Cinema is the art of the 20th century, and it is celebrated by Skrebneski with love and reverence. An absolute "must-have" title for Skrebneski and cinephile collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated (on the day, month, and year of publication), and inscribed in metallic-silver pen-marker by the artist/photographer: "For my Joe, I know that we love pictures! ! Love Victor 15 XI 04". The recipient is unmistakably a close friend of Skrebneski, with whom he is on a first-name basis, and signed as such. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Copies from the Chicago International Film Festival's website command $500 (not signed) because of the book's rarity. No kidding. Most copies available online have major flaws because they have been pored over again and again. This is a lovely and accessible alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER VICTOR SKREBNESKI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0976326507. $200.00

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