Paris: Aux Éditions du Monde Nouveau, 1923. Fourth edition. Softcover. Small octavo (7 1/2 x 5 3/4"). xix, , 130, , pp (Publisher's catalogue). Original illustrated wrappers by Becan. The front cover depicts a stunning woodblock portrait of actress Ève Francis (Louis Delluc's wife) by French illustrator Bécan. Both covers and spine in red and black lettering.
This scarce volume contains the complete screenplays of four cinematographic dramas directed by Louis Delluc between 1919 and 1921. Louis Delluc (1890 -1924) was an Impressionist French film director, screen writer and film critic. Each of the four screeplays contains one or several full-page photographic reproductions showing movie scenes, as well as one or several in-text illustrations by Bécan.
Wrappers partly foxed and age-toned. Upper corner of back cover creased (not affecting pages). Pages age-toned throughout. Text in French. Wrappers in overall good-, interior in good to good+ condition. g- to g+. Item #45530
About the author: After graduating from the university, Louis Delluc became a literary critic. During the First World War, he was married to the Belgian actress Ève Francis, who acted in many of his films. In 1917, Delluc began his career in film criticism. He went on to edit "Le Journal du Ciné-club" and "Cinéa," establish film societies, and direct seven films. He was one of the early Impressionist filmmakers, along with Abel Gance, Germaine Dulac, Marcel L'Herbier, and Jean Epstein. His films are notable for their focus on ordinary events and the natural setting rather than on adventures and antics. Many of his early film writings for French newspapers were collected in the volume "Cinema et cie" (1919). He also wrote one of the first books on Charlie Chaplin (1921; translated into English in 1922). Delluc directed his seventh film, 'L'Inondation' (The Flood), in 1924. Filming took place in very poor weather conditions and Delluc contracted pneumonia. He died in Paris several weeks later, before the film was released. The French film award "Prix Louis-Delluc," created in 1937, is named in his honor.