- Publisher: [various publishers / various dates]
[various publishers / various dates] Norman Swallow (1921-2000) was a pioneering television and documentary film maker. Born in Eccles, Lancashire, he won a scholarship to Keble College, Oxford. During WWII he fought in Palestine with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. After the war he was employed by the BBC (starting in Alexandra palace on the same day as David Attenborough) where he was heavily involved with 'Panorama', before moving to Granada in 1963. In 1967, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Swallow co-wrote and directed the UK-Russian co-production 'Ten Days that Shook the World', a documentary feature based on John Reed's 1919 first-hand account which mixed real archive footage with the films of Eisenstein and Pudovkin. Grigori Aleksandrov, Eisenstein's co-director and later a prominent Soviet filmmaker in his own right, co-wrote the feature with Swallow. Full details as follows: S.I.YUTKEVICH (editor). 'Sergei Eisenstein. Izbrannye Proizvedeniya v Shesti Tomakh' ['Selected Works in Six Volumes']. 'Art', Moscow 1964-66. First editions, volumes two, three and four only of a six-volume set. The second volume is inscribed in Russian on the half-title: "To the [indecipherable] author of the film, 'Ten Day that Shook the World', and the author of the film about the wonderful S.Eisenstein! Grigori Aleksandrov, 1969". Very bright copies in rubbed, marked nicked and chipped dust wrappers. GRIGORI ALEKSANDROV. 'Le Cineaste et son Temps' ['The Filmmaker and his Time']. Editions du Progrès, Moscow 1979. The first French-language edition. This copy inscribed by the author in Russian on the front free endpaper: "To my dear friend Norman and [indecipherable] with a feeling of sympathy, respect and friendship, Grigori Aleksandrov, 1980". 8vo. 285pp. Illustrated with stills. Top edge spotted, else in virtually fine state with slightly nicked and chipped dust wrapper. GRIGORI ALEKSANDROV. 'Gody Poiskov i Truda' ['he Years of Quest and Labour']. Bureau of Soviet Art Propaganda, Moscow 1975. First edition. This copy inscribed by the author to Norman Swallow (the inscription in Russian and difficult to decipher, but clearly making reference to Swallow's celebrated documentary feature 'Ten Days'). 8vo. 85pp. Pictorial card wrappers. Illustrated throughout with stills. Chipped at the head of the spine, and the wrappers somewhat rubbed and creased, but a nice bright copy internally. GRIGORI ALEKSANDROV. 'Epokha i Kino' ['Epoch and Cinema']. Politizdat, Moscow 1976. First edition. This copy inscribed by the author in Russian to the front free endpaper and dated 1980 (the inscription itself tricky to decipher). 8vo. 287pp. Original laminated boards. Illustrated with stills. A very good copy. ROSTISLAV YURENEV. 'Soviet Comedy Film.' Science Publishers, Moscow 1964. First edition. This copy inscribed by filmmaker Grigori Aleksandrov: "To Norman Swallow in memory of his co-operative work on the film 'Ten Days that Shook the World' and with the wished-for success of your film. Grigori Aleksandrov. Moscow 1968, October". 8vo. 538pp. Original publisher's boards. The final gathering really quite tender, else a nice bright copy in quite considerably distressed dust wrapper, frayed, nicked and chipped with several large areas of loss. MAJA TUROWSKAJA & JURI CHANJUTIN. 'Sergei Jutkewitsch' ['Sergie Yutkevich']. A monograph. Henschelverlag, Der Deutsch Akademie der Künste, Berlin 1968. First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed in French by Sergie Yutkevich to Norman Swallow and dated 1969. 8vo. 52pp + 36 stills. Original laminated boards. Very good. MILDRED CONSTANTINE AND ALAN FERN. 'Revolutionary Soviet Film Posters'. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 1974. Tall 4to. 97pp. A very good copy in slightly chafed, nicked and creased price-clipped dust wrapper. This item from the same batch as the others, but with no indication of it having belonged to Swallow. [A heavy set. Non-UK orders will incur an additional postage charge]. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good/Fair.