Wenders, Wim (Filmmaker/Subject) & Graf, Alexander (Author). THE CINEMA OF WIM WENDERS: THE CELLULOID HIGHWAY. London, England: Wallflower Press, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 180 pages. Fine.

Book-length critical account on subject. One of the best books on Wim Wenders and modern cinema ever published. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original by a small press as part of its "Great Film Directors" Series. There is no American Edition. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Alexander Graf's "The Cinema of Wim Wenders: Celluloid Highway". "Traces the development of one of the most well-known directors of the New German Cinema. Examines Wim Wenders' career from his early film school productions through his mature works. Analyses the most recent works as well as the themes and preoccupations that unite his oeuvre" (Publisher's blurb). Wim Wenders' films have been profoundly influenced by American films (just as their late-1950's/early 1960's predecessor, the French Nouvelle Vague/New Wave, was). His films, a lyrical and philosophical riff on the "road movie" genre, depict characters who are perpetually on the move, in their sometimes illuminating, sometimes failed attempts to glimpse their true selves, a sense of place, and ultimately, destiny. It is neither tendentious nor exaggerated to say that Wenders (and his German film director/colleagues, notably Werner Herzog) represents the generation of postwar Germany who sought to redeem themselves and their country through their subversive and noble art. Together with Wim Wenders' own series of great books on the art of film, "Emotion Pictures: Reflections On Cinema" (1989), "The Logic of Images" (1991), and "The Act of Seeing" (1997), this brilliant re-appraisal at the turn of the century shows Wenders to be one of the most genuinely reflective and perceptive film and visual artists of our time. An absolute "must-have" title for Wim Wenders collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in gold pen-marker on the title page by Wim Wenders. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary film book classic. As far as we know, this is the only signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living German artist/filmmakers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WIM WENDERS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1903364302. $200.00

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