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    Sunrise (Fox, 1927). Fine+. Window Card (14" X 22").
    Friederich Wilhelm Murnau was one of the leading designers of the most important film movement of the 1920s, German Expressionism. Through classics like Nosferatu and Der Letzte Mann, Murnau helped define the style that brought shadows to life and would become the launching point for both the American gangster film and the film noir style. This Murnau film, Sunrise, has been widely hailed as one of the greatest movies ever made, unsurpassed in terms of both artistry and sheer beauty. The story features a classic love triangle between George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, and Margaret Livingston, telling a tale of temptation and redemption with a bit of contemplated murder along the way. The film was a critical blockbuster, not only earning rave reviews but also winning three golden statues at the very first Academy Awards: Best Actress (Janet Gaynor), Best Cinematography, and Best Unique and Artistic Production - the first and only time the award was ever presented. It remains today the capstone of Murnau's impressive career. Paper for this film is exceptionally scarce, such as this lovely window card, which has received professional corrections to creases, a few tears, as well as a bit of surface wear above Janet Gaynor's credit. Also addressed was a trim to the imprint area, which has been replaced. There is some unaddressed toning still visible. The borders and verso were airbrushed, which has started to crack in some places and has been braced with pieces of paper and archival tape on the verso. The card presents very well after these repairs, a prize collectible to be sure.


    Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000.

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