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    Madame DuBarry (UFA, 1919). Austrian Poster (74" X 99") Theo Matejko Artwork. From the Albertina Collection, Theo Matejko Artwork.
    Often seen as a loose parallel to Germany's own recent revolution and overthrow of its imperialist government, Ernst Lubitsch's lavish historical account of Madame DuBarry, starring Pola Negri and Emil Jannings, became the director's contentious breakthrough into international cinema. Rife with no small amount of controversy, Lubitsch faced boycotts and outrage at his vision of the French Revolution, seen as an audacious move from the German director when several countries still nurtured wounds from WWI. Nevertheless, the French courtesan's tragic tale, retitled Passion, eventually screened after a year-long delay in the states, gaining rapid acclaim with ticket sales amounting to an astounding $110,000 per day from the few theatres that allowed showings, otherwise known as $1,376,600 in today's market. A perfect match for a story of such dramatic proportions and its determined struggle for worldwide distribution, Austrian artist Theo Matejko created an equally expressive image giving a brief glimpse at DuBarry's tortuous end, an illustration that also faced its own temporary ban when Viennese censors condemned its risque nature. A remarkable piece in wonderful condition, this Heritage first and treasure from the early days of German cinema has scarcely any flaws, with light touchup applied to the folds, minor nicks in the left and upper borders, and a small tear in the left border. From the Albertina Collection, an Austrian museum noted for its preservation of rare European posters from the Silent Era on forward. Very Fine+ on Linen.

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