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    Asphalt (UFA, 1929). German Door Panels (2) (19" X 57").
    These dramatic, color rich door panels are from Asphalt, considered one of the last great German Expressionist films of the 1920s. Directed by Joe May, one of the founders of German cinema, the film is set in Berlin, and the story tells of a well-dressed woman (Betty Amann) who steals a precious stone from a jewelry shop. She tries to seduce the policeman (Gustav Frohlich) who catches her, and he gradually succumbs to her charms. Gustav Frohlich, two years earlier, had starred in Fritz Lang's Metropolis. This pair of gorgeous stone lithograph posters designed by German artist Alfred Herrmann and printed by the Berlin printer August Scherl, are perhaps the only German posters known to exist from this film. The posters were featured in the German traveling exhibit "UFA Film Posters" which the Academy exhibited in 1999. The pieces have been restored and addressed a chip in the right border and some wear to the top border of the Betty Amann panel and some small amount of wear to the bottom border of the Frolich panel. There is also a small bit of airbrush work in the borders of both. Very Fine on Linen.


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    November, 2012
    29th-30th Thursday-Friday
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