Edited by Bruce Weber & Nan Bush.
New York. Little Bear Films. 1988. First edition. Stapled wrappers. Unpaginated [c. 120 pages]. Illustarted throughout with full-page b&w photographic plates, with one double folding-page. 330 x 265mm (13 x 10½"). 0.8kg. 0962165808. English. Near fine; very small tear to head of spine and very small nick at foot of spine; an excellent, clean copy of this fragile large-format paperback.
The Film Journalwas published as a companion to the Let's Get Lost film released in the same year. The documentary examined the turbulent life and career of Jazz musician Chet Baker and used contemporary scenes by Weber alongside historic footage and photographs taken during the 1950s and 1960s. As in the film, Weber juxtaposes photographs and snapshots of Chet in his hey-day with his own photographs and stills taken during filming. The images show Chet performing and on the road, classic William Claxton photographs and rare family snapshots. The photos are overlayed with the recollections of those who knew him and the thoughts of Chet himself. One of the scarcest titles by Bruce Weber, the Film Journal emits the coolness of the Jazz scene but is heavy with the destructiveness of Chet's drug addiction.