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    Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, 1919). AKA "Mother and the Law." One Sheet (27" X 41").
    A film of lasting significance in the realm of artistic cinema, posters for this D.W. Griffith piece of social criticism very rarely surface at auction, making this Heritage debut an exceptionally uncommon opportunity for collectors everywhere. Shot contemporaneously with his historic The Birth of a Nation, D.W. Griffith expanded the scope of his next planned feature, The Mother and the Law, into a historical epic as one of four interweaved segments presented in his artistic morality tale Intolerance. Erroneously cited as Griffith's apology for the racist revisionism in The Birth of a Nation, his true aim was a response to the perceived prejudice of his critics with a portrayal of the damage mankind's intolerance of others has dealt to civilization over the ages, using other examples from the crucifixion of Christ, the St. Bartholomew's Massacre, and parts of the later feature length film The Fall of Babylon. Released in full only after the commercial failure of its predecessor, The Mother and the Law's storyline is a contemporary cautionary tale of how the day's short-sighted social crusaders, heartless capitalists, and rioting strikers contributed to the perpetual cycle of poverty and crime in society's lower classes. Though not as famous as Griffith's first feature-length monument of cinematic history, The Mother and the Law's cinematic offspring has had significant influence on the formation of art films and European filmmaking, and also served as a career stepping stone for several of Griffith's assistant directors -- Erich Von Stroheim, Tod Browning, and Woody Van Dyke. Bearing an exquisite stone litho preview of the story's dramatic climax, Mae Marsh is in the center as Miriam Cooper shoots through the window at Walter Long's character, who is fighting with Robert Harron's character. This one sheet has undergone restoration to address small tears in the borders, minor chips at both edges of the vertical fold, a section of paper loss in the left border, and has applied touchup to the folds. There was one tear each from the left and right borders into the background, as well as a tear in the left border into the background with an extending crease. There is a lower right corner bend that is still visible and a tear in the bottom left border that is separating from the masa paper. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.


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