The Celluloid Heart. Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lilia Brik.
The Celluloid Heart.
The Celluloid Heart.
The Celluloid Heart.
The Celluloid Heart.
The Celluloid Heart.
The Celluloid Heart.
The Celluloid Heart.
(Kaldewey Press)

The Celluloid Heart.

Kaldewey, Gunnar (illus.)

(Poestenkill, NY): Edition Kaldewey, 1984. Octavo. (16)pp. One of 70 copies. The book retells the story of Brik and Mayakovsky's 1918 film, "Chained by the Film," which was largely destroyed in a fire in the 1930's. Here, Brik's retelling - Mayakovsky died by apparent suicide in 1930 - turns into text the story lost on film: a bored artist falls in love with a ballet dancer on a poster, and in a Pygmalion-like turn of events, the dancer comes to life and falls in love with the artist. In the 1960's, Brik found a fragment of the original film, which was aquired by the Press. Stills from the film are presented in multi-colored negatives throughout the text, and a three-meter length 16mm film print from the original movie accompanies the book. The roll of film and the book are housed together in a circular aluminum film canister. Labels to upper cover of the book and to the lid of the canister recreate the film's poster. Fine. Item #31580

(von Lucius, pp. 156-159).

Price: $2,500.00

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