IotD: Parker Tyler x3

Recently at the San Francisco Public Library Spring Book Sale–one of my favorite events in this city– I picked up a copy of Parker Tyler’s classic Classics of the Foreign Film (1962). I already owned a copy, but the one I already had was missing its dust jacket and I couldn’t resist (and hey, it was only $3 and for a good cause to boot).

What I most loved about the cover, however, was the striking portrait of the author on the back, which is labelled “From Three Film Portraits by Charles Boultenhouse.” Boultenhouse, a filmmaker, was Tyler’s longtime partner.

Parker Tyler

The dust jacket is well worn and that’s reflected in the quality of the scan, but there’s something about it that makes the compositionally beautiful image seem so evocative and haunting.