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    Hunting Big Game in the Arctic with Gun and Camera (H.A. Snow, 1925). 24 Sheet (104" X 232").
    Like Robert Flaherty, H.A. Snow - along with his son Sidney - traveled the world filming adventures in exotic locales. Also like Flaherty, Snow was often accused of faking his footage for dramatic effect. Be that as it may, his films represent some of the earliest attempts to capture wild animals on film. In an interview regarding his previous trip to Africa, Snow revealed the way in which he got such magnificent close-ups of the usually reticent beasts: "It is impossible to get within several hundred yards of many fleet footed inhabitants of the desert and African bad lands... Therefore we adopted a new way of approaching them. We ran them down in our flivver. By following them at a steady pace of about twenty-miles an hour, we literally tired them out, so much, that finally we were able to walk right up to them and crank at leisure." The "bully" shots that Snow obtained were truly remarkable. The father-son team was so well-known that their adventures formed the basis for the character of Carl Denham, the enthusiastic showman who brings the "Eighth Wonder of the World" to New York City in King Kong (1933). Offered here is a wonderful stone litho 24 sheet from the movie documenting their Arctic adventure. It shows edge wear, and small fold tears on the outside panel, but is, overall, in remarkable condition, especially given its age. Very Fine+.


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