Edinburgh: G. D. Robinson, 1932-1933. First edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. 245, , , 262pp. Contemporary olive cloth, with gold lettering on spines. Paul Burnford's Ex Libris on inside of each front cover. Complete collection of the first eight issues (two years) of "Cinema Quarterly" a film magazine published in Edinburgh, Scotland between 1932 and 1935. Featuring regular contributions from John Grierson, Basil Wright, Stuart Legg and Alberto Cavalcanti, the magazine became a critical centre for the emerging British Documentary movement. Some of Grierson’s defining pieces on Documentary cinema first appeared within these pages, championing and defining ‘Documentary, or the creative treatment of actuality’ as a ‘new art.’ Forsyth Hardy would serve as review editor and Paul Rotha as London correspondent. In later years, the magazine would increasingly include contributions from noted literary figures, including Graham Greene, Aldous Huxley, T.S. Eliot and Somerset Maugham. The magazine was renamed "World Film News and Television Progress" in 1936. After changing its name for three issues to "SEE: World Film News", the magazine ceased publication at the end of 1938. Each issue contains from 8 to 10 pages of b/w photographic reproductions depicting mostly movie scenes. Some of the documentaries and movies featured in this work are the following: Robert J. Flaherty's "Man of Aran;" Stuart Legg's "The New Generation;" Fritz Lang's "M;" Sergei M. Eisenstein's "Que Viva Mexico!;" Eric Waschneck's "Zwei Menschen;" Arthur Elton's "Voice of the World" (a documentary dealing with the manufacture of radio sets and the influence of wireless); E. Dzigan's "Woman" (a Soviet film dealing with the 'fuller' life experienced by women in the USSR); Andrew Buchanan's "Dance Flaws;" René Clair's "Le Quatorze Juillet;" G. W. Pabst's "Don Quixote;" Alexander Korda's "The Private Life of Henry VIII;" Rouben Mamoulian's "The Song of Songs;" George Roland's "The Wandering Jew;" Jean Vigo's "Zéro de Conduite;" Alfred Hitchcock's "Waltzes from Vienna;" Basil Wright's "Windmill in Barbados;" Pudovkin's "Deserter;" etc.. Head and tail of spine rubbed and partly chipped. Moderate and sporadic age-toning along paper margin. Bindings in overall good-, interior in good+ to very good condition. g+. Item #38355
*Paul Burnford (1914-1999) produced or directed over 100 academic films, on subjects ranging from zoology, to history, to art. Documentarians John Grierson and Paul Rotha offered Paul his first professional job as a film maker, and became his mentors. His first film was “Rooftops of London”, followed by “Statues of London.” Paul also made a film about the hardships of the miners in Wales, and later worked for MGM in London. Having made a name for himself as a documentary film maker, he was officered a job as head photographer at the London Zoo by Sir Julian Huxley, the famed biologist and scientist, and soon Burnford became known for his filming of animals. Many years later, when the San Diego zoo opened, Sir Julian was there to be honored for his work in modernizing zoos, and asked Paul to join him. Burnford later used the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park in Escondido as locations for many of his films. In the mid-1930s, he edited Sergei Eisenstein’s classic film "Qué Viva México." In 1939, when he was 25 years old, Burnford’s book “Filming for Amateurs” was published, and was soon in use as a text book in the film school at the university of Southern California. In the World War II era, Burnford arrived in the U.S. as a drafted civilian, working for the British Ministry of Agriculture in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Based in Washington D.C., he was soon making films about crop conservation, flying over the Midwest and shooting various farmlands. He was never allowed to edit his film or even see a finished project, but instead was instructed to take his footage to an office in Rockefeller Center. Sometimes he, with film in hand, would board a camouflaged military transport, and be flown back to London, to deposit the film there. He was under strict orders not to contact any friends or family while in England. As later revealed in William Stevenson’s "A Man Called Intrepid," microdots were placed on such films made by various filmmakers as a means of carrying intelligence between the United States and Great Britain. Through friend Sidney Solow, Burnford was introduced to Samuel Mayer, and soon began a short tenure as a director of short films at MGM, and worked on George Cukor’s “It Should Happen to You.” He also served a short stint at Columbia Pictures. Burnford soon realized that he wanted to run his own film company and be more in charge of the end product. Along with teacher Irwin (Irv) Braun, he founded Film Associates, a company specializing in educational films. Every film he made won an award. Paul was now recognized as one of the top educational film producers. Eventually, Film Associated was bought by CBS and merged with Bailey Films to become Bailey Film Associates (BFA). From that point onward, he worked as an independent producer.