5 copies left. . .
Just a quick note today to plug Leap of Death, a project I worked on last year with Robert Stillman and Anna Fewster. There are only five copies left of this edition, a re-imagining of the lost silent film 4 Devils. I designed and produced the enclosure, which includes a vinyl LP, six letterpress/risograph printed booklets and three small posters. You can read more information about the project below, and if you are interested in a copy, you can get it for the (unbelievable) price of £34.50 (shipped to UK) £44 (shipped to the EU) or £49 (shipped to the US and elsewhere.) Ordering information here. (But act fast. . .)
Some more information: The film 4 Devils was released in 1928 by Fox Film Corporation. Directed by F.W. Murnau (Sunrise, Nosferatu), the circus-themed melodrama was a full-fledged Hollywood production of the late silent era. After its release, the film disappeared, and remains ‘lost’ to this day.
85 years later, composer Robert Stillman, writer/printmaker Anna Fewster, and bookbinder Sarah Bryant conjure 4 Devils back into existence with ‘Leap of Death’, a limited edition bookwork/LP that resurrects the lost film as ‘imaginary fragments’ of original music, image, and text.
Drawing inspiration from existing 4 Devils archive materials such as scripts, production stills, and promotional matter, as well as from Les Quatre Diables, the 1890 Herman Bang novella upon which the film script was based, Stillman, Fewster, and Bryant’s work reconstitutes the 4 Devils narrative as an impressionistic ‘atmosphere’ of black-and-white trace monotype images, letterpress text, and through composed music, inviting an interpretive, non-linear experience of Murnau’s story-world.
The bookwork/LP is available in a limited edition of 50 numbered copies, each consisting of one vinyl LP, six booklets, and three posters, collected in a clothbound enclosure.