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    Mistress of the World (Paramount, 1919). One Sheet (27" X 41") Chapter 4 -- "Saved by Wireless." Style A. Little is known about this intriguing silent serial. Filmed in Germany in 1919 at UFA Studios, the plot apparently revolves around a heroic young woman (Mia May) who travels first to China and then to the legendary city of Ophir in search of the fabled treasure of the Queen of Sheba, providing plenty of exotic locations to thrill contemporary audiences. Originally filmed in eight parts, it seems that Paramount re-edited the serial into four parts for the American release. This serial was, in part, directed by Joe May, an important figure in the development of early German cinema. It was May who gave future director Fritz Lang his start in the industry, frequently employing him as a scriptwriter. May emigrated to the U.S. after the Nazi take-over, and went on to direct some excellent films for Universal, including The Invisible Man Returns (1940) and The House of the Seven Gables (1940). His wife, Mia, had an enormously successful screen career in Germany, culminating in the film, The Indian Tomb (1921), written by Lang and Thea von Harbou and directed by her husband, a lavish spectacle that remains an important part of motion picture history today. This stunning stone litho one sheet had pinholes in the borders and corners, a small tear in the top right border, minor fold separations, and a small edge chip in the right border, but professional restoration has rendered these slight flaws virtually invisible, returning a like-new appearance to this vintage classic. Very Fine- on Linen.

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