THE ACT OF SEEING: ESSAYS AND CONVERSATIONS - Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Wim Wenders With Drawing - ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Wenders, Wim (Subject/Author/Filmmaker) & Hofman, Michael (Translator)

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1st Printing. Signed. 210 pages. Published in 1997. Retrospective collection of essays, interviews, and conversations. One of the greatest books on film and the visual arts ever published in our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Wim Wenders' "The Act of Seeing". It is, in effect, the third volume of essays that he began with "Emotion Pictures: Reflections On Cinema" (1989) and followed up with "The Logic of Images" (1991). Individually and collectively, they show Wenders to be one of the most genuinely reflective and perceptive film and visual artists of our time. "The Act of Seeing" recapitulates and expands upon the previous volumes. As such, it is richer and fuller because Wenders discusses The Image beyond its cinematic aspect to encompass modern art, video technology, architecture, the look and feel of cities, and even fashion. "This is a turbulent time for cinema. It is facing a change as drastic and comprehensive as the quantum leap from silent to sound film. In our overheated consumer society, we are constantly bombarded with visual stimuli. Wenders questions whether images can still have a meaning either for the viewer or for filmmakers struggling to communicate their vision to the world. As always, images - their fascination and the danger of this fascination - are of great concern to Wenders" (Publisher's blurb). One of the deepest pleasures of the book is an extended conversation between Wim Wenders and Jean-Luc Godard, in which the two geniuses ruminate over the state of cinema today. An absolute "must-have" title for Wim Wenders collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Wim Wenders. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. He also added a wing drawing around the titles, a very moving allusion to his film, "Wings of Desire". This title is a great book on cinema and the visual arts. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy with drawing of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and despite its imperfection (rubbing and wear on the back and edges of the DJ; browning of page edges because of the inferior paper used, as may be found in every copy of the book) is still in fine condition overall. It is priced accordingly. Please note: All other copies available online are subsequent printings, are un-signed, and yet command hundreds of dollars. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living German artist/filmmakers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WIM WENDERS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 057117843X. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In our over stimulated, consumer society how can imagery still have meaning either for the viewer or for filmmakers struggling to communicate their vision to the world? In this volume of essays on the subject, third in a series, Wim Wenders takes readers beyond the concerns of his own films into a broader world from whence they come, one of architecture, cities, video technology, and fashion.

Product Description: A third volume of essays in which the German film director Wim Wenders addresses architecture, fashion, cities, video technology, and the shape of Europe after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The pieces also include a conversation between Wenders and Jean-Luc Godard on the state of the cinema.

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Title: THE ACT OF SEEING: ESSAYS AND CONVERSATIONS ...
Publisher: London, England: Faber & Faber

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Book Condition: Near Fine
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