International Film Annual - Edited by G. Campbell DixonLondon: John Calder, 1957, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several short, but closed in the main, tears. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned, more heavily to the blanks.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece;
From the cover: “With this first issue of the International Film Annual edited by the well known critic G. Campbell Dixon, the publishers hope to provide new and stimulating facts and opinions for the intelligent film goer, as well as a detailed survey of the year’s significant events in the cinema world.
The editor has brought together an international team of contributors including John McCarten of the New Yorker, Wolf Mankowitz, Budtz-Jorgensen, Favre Le Bret (Director of the Cannes Festival who deals with prduction trends in France, which have changed considerably in the past few years), Alberto Lattuada who comments on the current financial difficulties facing Italian film producers, and of course Mr. Campbell Dixon himself who gives us in an introductory survey his opinion of just where the film is heading at the present time. There are special articles by well known personalities of the film world such as Dr. Roger Manvell who discusses music and its role in the cinema while Darryl Zanuck has something to say about the film of Social Significance. All the fascination of the International Festival is captured faithfully in Dr. Ammannati’s account of the meetings of men and minds at the Venice Festival which he directs. Sir Michael Balcon writes about Baling — the comedies and a drama or two, and Miss C. A. Lejeune contributes an especially topical article on the new vogue of films about angry young people. Writing about cartoons, we have John Halas who together with his wife Joy Batchelor produced England’s only full length animated film, “Animal Farm”. In an article entitled The Simple Approach, Michael Cacoyannis, director of the brillant Greek films Stella and A Girl in Black weighs up the advantages and disadvantages of working in a cinematically undeveloped country. Many other articles combine to make this book the essential film record of the year, and the illustrations in black and white and full colour complete the attractions of this Annual.”