Рига (Riga): д. апта (D. Apta), 1929. First edition. Softcover. Oblong duodecimo. Approx. 6x9". Printed pink wrappers with blue lettering and decorative ruling on the front cover. The publication is a promotional booklet for the ARS film distribution company's 1929-1930 season. This impressively printed booklet was produced to commemorate the company's tenth anniversary (Jubilee year), with each page containing an advertisement for a different film. The pages are printed in various modernist typefaces, in a variety of colors, on an assortment of different glossy and textured color paper stocks. Some have finely produced gold overprinting. Mentioned are the film's stars and directors, and each have a promotional blurb.
Of the 33 films listed on individual pages, 18 are American productions, in addition to the Russian and other foreign titles. Some significant films mentioned include Chaplin's "The Circus" (1928), "The Jazz Singer" (1927) and "The Singing Fool" (1928), both starring Al Jolson, and films by Frank Lloyd and D.W. Griffith. The booklet features some early documentaries including "Round Africa with Cobham" (1928). In addition to the 33 individual titles, the final page includes a list of 35 additional titles which were produced by UFA film studios in Germany, including "Woman in the Moon" (Fritz Lang, 1929), "Melody of the Heart" (1929), "Manolescu - The Prince of Adventures" (1929), and "The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna" (1929).
Text in Russian.
Wrappers with some light foxing and water stains. Interior with the fist page of advertising loose but present. Wrappers in good+, interior in near fine condition overall. Extremely Scarce. g+ to near fine. Item #43913
The ARS Cinematographic Joint-Stock Company was a Soviet era film distribution company, founded in 1920 by Russian entrepreneur Vasilii Emelianov (1881-1949). ARS specialized the distribution of domestic and international films in movie theaters it built and ran in the three Baltic state capital cities of of Tallin (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) and Kaunas (at the time capital of Lithuania). The company had established connections to UFA film studios in Germany, and three of the major Hollywood studios including Warner Brothers, MGM and Universal. The company was responsible for co-producing films in France and Germany as well as a number of domestic films including "Guaja" (1934), the first Latvian sound film.
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