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Sunrise (Fox, 1927). Window Card (14" X 22")....

2008 March Signature Vintage Movie Poster Auction #693

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Auction Ended On: Mar 11, 2008
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Sunrise (Fox, 1927). Window Card (14" X 22"). There are fine examples of how brilliant silent film directors and actors could completely delineate an entire plotline and keep it understandable, compelling, and satisfying. But perhaps there is no better film to illustrate the height that "wordless cinema" could aspire to, than F.W. Murnau's landmark film, Sunrise. Winning three Oscars is only the beginning of understanding how important is this film's place in history. Consider that when the average theatrical run of a film was three days, that Sunrise would not only command a princely sum of $2.00 a ticket, but run for over 28 weeks at the Times Square Theater in New York City. Because of its incredible popularity the original advertising paper on this film was used extensively traveling through the several rungs of distributorship until the ragged remnants were finally discarded. This is the first poster we have offered on the title and the only copy of this unique window card that we have seen. Top restoration with backing has corrected a small edge tear in the bottom border, a 2" tear in the upper right border, and a 3" tear in the left border. The poster has a chip off of the top right corner image which went through the head of the violin player. The restoration work there was superb. This card was not printed, oddly enough, in the fashion of most window cards as there is no true imprint area. Our belief is that the theater imprint was to go into the geometric design on the upper left of the card. Fine+ on Cardstock.

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