London: Film Centre Ltd., (1940). First edition. 12 vols. in one; 4to, wrappers bound into publisher's two-toned cloth. Some soil to wrappers and exterior of binding; tips rubbed; ownership signature on front flyleaf. Item #205404
The complete first year of this wartime journal produced by the British Film Centre in association with American Film Center, New York. This copy bears the signature of Thomas Baird, who was a member of the editorial board. The first number of the journal was printed by mimeograph, on rectos only; the remaining numbers printed by offset as a regular magazine. Founded by filmmaker John Grierson, DNL advanced the aims and views of the Documentary Film Movement and had an influence on official British film propaganda. The content of the newsletters, however, was not restricted to documentaries and each issue also featured reviews and commentaries on the film industry more broadly, both in Britain and the U.S., and included reviews, for example, of such films as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The Wizard of Oz". Quite uncommon.