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Exhibition: The Spirit of Film: the Road to Casablanca via Béla Balázs
June/July 2010: BAFTA, Everyman Hampstead
September 2010: Everyman Belsize Park
October/November 2010: Everyman Baker St.

The BAFTA/Everyman exhibition was curated by Zsuzsanna Ardó, and mounted at BAFTA with support from Christine Robertson (BAFTA Publishing) and Adam Tuck (graphic design). Film stills were reproduced with the kind permission of the British Film Institute. The exhibition was generously funded by the Institute of Advanced Study, the Humanities Research Fund and the Department of German Studies at the University of Warwick, with further support from the film studies journal Screen, Berghahn Books, and the Hampstead Authors’ Society.

Erica Carter (ed.) and Rodney Livingstone (transl.)

Béla Balázs: Early Film Theory
Berghahn Books, 2010

This translation would not have seen the light of day without generous financial support from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. The Foundation was established from the estate of the publisher and editor Andor Kraszna-Krausz, Balázs’s Hungarian compatriot and fellow exile. The two met in interwar Berlin, where Kraszna-Krausz published articles by Balázs in the journal Filmtechnik, as well as his own review of Visible Man. German-language copies of Visible Man and The Spirit of Film, the latter with a personal dedication from Balázs, can be found in the Kraszna-Krausz archive at the National Media Museum in Bradford. Balázs’s dedication, dated 6 September 1930, to ‘A. Kraszna-Krausz, the fighter under a common flag’, testifies to a friendship to which this present volume also pays tribute.

Screen co-sponsored the volume, published an early extract from Visible Man, and co-funded, with Berghahn and the Hungarian Cultural Centre, an international symposium on Balázs at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies in London as part of a series of events marking the journal’s fiftieth anniversary in 2009. The project was completed in 2009 with further funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the University of Warwick’s Department of German Studies and Humanities Research Centre.

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