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    The Merry Widow (MGM, 1925). Swedish One Sheet (28" X 39.5") Eric Roman Artwork.
    Erich von Stroheim is a name usually associated with Sunset Boulevard as well as character parts mostly of a Prussian villain, but he was perhaps Hollywood's first "Auteur" and produced some of the great classics of the silent screen with his attention to detail and lavish taste for spectacle. When Von Stroheim turned in a seven-hour cut of his masterpiece Greed, which ran extravagantly over budget due to his desire to shoot mountains of film, one studio exec remarked that Von Stroheim had an uncontrollable "footage fetish." A year after he was fired from MGM for his overages and blatant disrespect for authority, he was hired back by MGM to direct his take on Franz Lehar's operetta The Merry Widow. And surprisingly enough the notoriously long-winded auteur delivered the film at under two hours running time and on budget, albeit with a few characteristic quirks. Other than tacking on a happy finale to the director's original bleak ending, the studio left most of the finished product alone and the film became a huge success. This is a beautiful first-time offer from Heritage of an original Swedish one sheet to the film with gorgeous Rohman artwork. The poster is in excellent condition. Folded, Very Fine-.


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