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Putnam, Michael (Photographer) & Sklar, Robert (Contributor). SILENT SCREENS: THE DECLINE AND TRANSFORMATION OF THE AMERICAN MOVIE THEATER. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 102 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the most valuable photographic documents in the history of cinema ever published. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Michael Putnam: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Michael Putnam. Essay by Robert Sklar. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Michael Putnam's "Silent Screens: The Decline And Transformation of The American Movie". Portraits of vintage cinema houses, now cultural landmarks, some of which, thankfully, are still standing and fully operational: A stunning collection, awash in wistful nostalgia and nostalgic remembrance. An American institution, the cinema house mimicked the theater and even the opera house, with marquee, matinee screenings, double features, organ, and division of the huge, cavernous theater into orchestra, balcony, and upper lounge (designed for surreptitious lovers), priced according to spectacular, panoramic-view distance rather than proximity to the screen. These black-and-white images will inevitably remind you of Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo", one of his greatest films. Allen celebrated the cinema house (his protagonists spend most of their time and finally part ways inside the theater, romantically if claustrophobically) in a similarly nostalgic and sentimental vein. Sentimental, that is, in the very best sense of the word for what is "cinephilia" (or "movie love", as Pauline Kael preferred to call it) but unabashed, irrational sentimentality? An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Putnam and film lover/collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in gold pen-marker on the half-title page by Michael Putnam. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great photography and film book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO AVE PILDAS ONE PICTURE BOOK "BIJOU" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0801863295. $80.00

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