DescriptionJ'accuse, Part 2 (Pathé, 1919). French Half Grande (31.5" X 47.25") Misti Artwork.
Abel Gance was one of the greatest directors of the silent era, and the leader in French cinema when he made this film, shot on the actual battle fields and in the trenches of World War I. Utilizing a standard storyline of two men who love a single woman, and setting it against a backdrop of brutal violence, Gance was able to make his statement and condemnation of war. The final sequence, where the dead rise up and "accuse" all those who have betrayed them, or let them down by the follies of battle, made Gance an international sensation. In fact, there were 2000 soldiers used to film this sequence, all of whom were on leave from the front at Verdun. When they returned to front, just after shooting this scene for Gance, over 80% were killed in action. Very slight color touchup has been applied to the folds. The poster also had a minor horizontal crease towards the center, a minor chip in the right border, and mild tear in Romuald Joubés sleeve. There are unaddressed tax and ink stamps in the upper background. This is a very rare poster from a landmark film of the French cinema and one of the greatest anti-war films ever made. Very Fine- on Linen.
Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000.
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