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William Friedkin’s Sorcerer failed to charm the critics and the audience back in 1977, when the film came out and was run over by Star Wars at the box office. The tables have turned, however, for this nihilistic, somber and, according to Friedkin, very personal story, and the film’s Blu-ray rebirth marked a clear shift in its status among film lovers. Sorcerer, starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal and Amidou, is one of the overlooked treasures of the past, lying in silence for the lucky explorer’s delight.
A loose remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 thriller The Wages of Fear, based on Georges Arnaud’s novel Le Salaire de la peur, Sorcerer was written by The Wild Bunch‘s Walon Green.
Friedkin: “I wanted to make an action-adventure film that had a more profound meaning, like the mystery of fate, and that’s what Sorcerer is about.”


William Friedkin’s Sorcerer failed to charm the critics and the audience back in 1977, when the film came out and was run over by Star Wars at the box office. The tables have turned, however, for this nihilistic, somber and, according to Friedkin, very personal story, and the film’s Blu-ray rebirth marked a clear shift in its status among film lovers. Sorcerer, starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal and Amidou, is one of the overlooked treasures of the past, lying in silence for the lucky explorer’s delight.

A loose remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 thriller The Wages of Fear, based on Georges Arnaud’s novel Le Salaire de la peurSorcerer was written by The Wild Bunch‘s Walon Green.

Friedkin: “I wanted to make an action-adventure film that had a more profound meaning, like the mystery of fate, and that’s what Sorcerer is about.”

(Source: cinephiliabeyond)

No Hands on the Clock | Geoffrey Homes | 1939
Very Good in a Good plus example of the scarce dust jacket. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper: “To Margie and Babe / with all my love / Daniel Geoffrey Homes Mainwaring.” Book is slightly cocked and a bit shaken, otherwise clean with green titles and design quite bright and unfaded; jacket is worn, with chips at the spine ends (neither affecting the publisher’s device or lettering), wear at the extremities, and a diagonal crease across the front panel. Basis for the rapid-fire 1941 B-movie, starring Chester Morris and Jean Parker. A difficult book in dust jacket, and an extremely scarce signature.

No Hands on the Clock | Geoffrey Homes | 1939

Very Good in a Good plus example of the scarce dust jacket. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper: “To Margie and Babe / with all my love / Daniel Geoffrey Homes Mainwaring.” Book is slightly cocked and a bit shaken, otherwise clean with green titles and design quite bright and unfaded; jacket is worn, with chips at the spine ends (neither affecting the publisher’s device or lettering), wear at the extremities, and a diagonal crease across the front panel. Basis for the rapid-fire 1941 B-movie, starring Chester Morris and Jean Parker. A difficult book in dust jacket, and an extremely scarce signature.

Brakhage Scrapbook: Collected Writings 1964-1980 | Stan Brakhage | First Edition 
First Edition. deluxe issue, one of 200 numbered copies (this being No. 71) SIGNED by Brakhage. Fine in a Fine example of the unprinted laminated dust jacket, as issued. A collection of essays, letters, and interviews by Brakhage, perhaps the most important and influential experimental filmmaker of the twentieth century, one who’s work, housed at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive, has reached new audiences thanks two recent Criterion Collection releases.

Brakhage Scrapbook: Collected Writings 1964-1980 | Stan Brakhage | First Edition

First Edition. deluxe issue, one of 200 numbered copies (this being No. 71) SIGNED by Brakhage. Fine in a Fine example of the unprinted laminated dust jacket, as issued. A collection of essays, letters, and interviews by Brakhage, perhaps the most important and influential experimental filmmaker of the twentieth century, one who’s work, housed at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive, has reached new audiences thanks two recent Criterion Collection releases.

The Art of Make-Up for Stage and Screen | Cecil Holland | 1927
First Edition. Holland began his career as an actor, becoming known as the original “Man of a Thousand Faces” due to his transformative abilities with make up, a moniker he ceded to close friend Lon Chaney, who contributes a preface to the this volume, when Holland stepped away from the front of the camera to do make up full time, eventually becoming the head of the make up department for MGM. A foundational, early text on make up in film.

The Art of Make-Up for Stage and Screen | Cecil Holland | 1927

First Edition. Holland began his career as an actor, becoming known as the original “Man of a Thousand Faces” due to his transformative abilities with make up, a moniker he ceded to close friend Lon Chaney, who contributes a preface to the this volume, when Holland stepped away from the front of the camera to do make up full time, eventually becoming the head of the make up department for MGM. A foundational, early text on make up in film.

The Hands of Orlac | Maurice Renard | 1929
First Edition in English and first edition in hardcover, preceded by the French edition “Les mains d’Orlac,” in 1920. With the publisher’s wraparound band.A seminal horror novel, rare in dust jacket, written by one of the most important French genre fiction writers of the early twentieth century. The basis for several films, including the classic German silent film starring Conrad Veidt, “Orlacs Hände” [The Hands of Orlac] (1924), and its American rival, the sound version starring Peter Lorre, “Mad Love,” directed by emigre Karl Freund for MGM in 1935, and today considered one of the greatest horror films of the 1930s.

The Hands of Orlac | Maurice Renard | 1929

First Edition in English and first edition in hardcover, preceded by the French edition “Les mains d’Orlac,” in 1920. With the publisher’s wraparound band.

A seminal horror novel, rare in dust jacket, written by one of the most important French genre fiction writers of the early twentieth century. The basis for several films, including the classic German silent film starring Conrad Veidt, “Orlacs Hände” [The Hands of Orlac] (1924), and its American rival, the sound version starring Peter Lorre, “Mad Love,” directed by emigre Karl Freund for MGM in 1935, and today considered one of the greatest horror films of the 1930s.

The Shining | Stanley Kubrick | 1980
Original Press Kit for the 1980 film, “The Shining,” directed and written for the screen by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by Stephen King, and starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. 20 still photographs from the film, all black-and-white silver gelatin prints. Photos are housed in a tissue envelope, and the envelope, along with documentation and a preview card, are housed in a 2-color, illustrated, pocketed folder as issued. Photographs are in Fine condition; folder is Near Fine, with a single corner crease at the bottom right front panel. An impressive piece of ephemera from what was probably the last truly great horror film of the twentieth century, a highspot for both Kubrick and Nicholson.

The Shining | Stanley Kubrick | 1980

Original Press Kit for the 1980 film, “The Shining,” directed and written for the screen by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by Stephen King, and starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.

20 still photographs from the film, all black-and-white silver gelatin prints. Photos are housed in a tissue envelope, and the envelope, along with documentation and a preview card, are housed in a 2-color, illustrated, pocketed folder as issued.

Photographs are in Fine condition; folder is Near Fine, with a single corner crease at the bottom right front panel.

An impressive piece of ephemera from what was probably the last truly great horror film of the twentieth century, a highspot for both Kubrick and Nicholson.

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The Uninvited | Dorothy Macardle | 1942
First American Edition, and first edition under this title. Preceded by the UK edition, titled “Uneasy Freehold” published by Peter Davies in 1941. Basis for the 1944 film classic, directed by Lewis Allen and starring Ray Milland, recently named by Martin Scorsese as his favorite horror film of all time. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Cloth and gilt titling are bright and crisp, with offsetting to the endpapers to note. Jacket is bright and exceptional for this title, with some light edgewear and shallow creasing, along with a few tiny repairs at the verso. Overall, an exceptional copy of a book whose fragile jacket is usually found in poor condition.

The Uninvited | Dorothy Macardle | 1942

First American Edition, and first edition under this title. Preceded by the UK edition, titled “Uneasy Freehold” published by Peter Davies in 1941. Basis for the 1944 film classic, directed by Lewis Allen and starring Ray Milland, recently named by Martin Scorsese as his favorite horror film of all time.

Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Cloth and gilt titling are bright and crisp, with offsetting to the endpapers to note. Jacket is bright and exceptional for this title, with some light edgewear and shallow creasing, along with a few tiny repairs at the verso. Overall, an exceptional copy of a book whose fragile jacket is usually found in poor condition.

Trainspotting photo No. 195 identified by Kita Iqbal, Howard Prouty, and Taylor Bowie as:
Walt Disney (left) smiling with Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt, Jr., and Joseph M. Schenck.
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Trainspotting photo No. 195 identified by Kita Iqbal, Howard Prouty, and Taylor Bowie as:

Walt Disney (left) smiling with Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt, Jr., and Joseph M. Schenck.

Thanks guys!

Click here and have a look at the many images from world cinema we have been unable to identify. Each image is numbered. For every image you identify, receive a $20 credit at our website.
Please send your guesses to us via email: mail@royalbooks.com. Every correct identification will be posted on our blog.