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    Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1946). First Post-War Release Italian 4 - Fogli (55.5" X 78.25") Luigi Martinati Artwork.
    An incredible piece never before sold at Heritage, we are elated to offer this spectacular original release poster from one of the greatest films ever made. Italian posters are well known for being superior to their American counterparts, but this illustration by Luigi Martinati is perhaps the best image found in any of this film's numerous advertisements. Of course, Warner Brothers couldn't have predicted that this little picture would be nothing like the hundreds they churned out year after year. Merely hoping to turn a profit, they aimed a drama towards audiences weary of their home-front hardships and the loss of loved ones. The studio began shooting with an incomplete script cobbled together by several different writers, then starred a couple of moderately famous secondary actors. They hadn't an inkling that Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman's performance would become an immortal icon for Hollywood's Golden Age, nor that this picture would still be revered to this day. Believed to be the only copy of this poster to have survived and not seen in recent history, this rare and beautiful piece has had professional restoration to address some issues. There is touchup to the folds and borders for some small chipping and mild tears, pinholes in the borders and outer image area, and a tear in Claude Rains' face. It also had small single chips in Conrad Veidt's forehead and in Claude Rains' hat, as well as two in the middle background. Certainly a stunning treasure coveted by many a collector, no true fan would consider letting this chance opportunity pass them by. The tagline printed faintly above the title translates as "They had an appointment with destiny in Casablanca..." Fine/Very Fine on Linen.






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