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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Goldwyn, 1920). Lobby Card (11" X 14").
    An astonishing piece of film history, this nearly-impossible to obtain lobby card is from the Expressionist masterpiece conceived by writers Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Essentially a horror picture, the set design and labrythian plot explores the world of mind control, imagination, and murder and pushed the art of film making in the realm of psychological fear and fantasy. Director Robert Wiene and designers Hermann Warm, Walter Reim, and Walter Rohrig undoubtedly created a world that has influenced numerous film noir and horror directors throughout the last ninety years. The card has the rubber stamp "James Card Collection" in the upper right. Card was a film collector who started the Eastman House film collection (1951-2000) after WWII and built it into one of the finest holdings of classic silent films and ephemera relating to that era. His greatest love was early German Expressionist films and his favorite was Caligari. Minor flaws do not detract from the monumental significance and appeal of this lobby card and include: pinholes in the corners reinforced with tape on the verso, a pinhole in the center, tears in the bottom border, light surface wear in the center, a small chip in the top border, upper left corner and a sliver down the left side have been replaced, slight paper loss and glue residue on the verso, there is a small crease in the top border, and general edge wear. This card comes with a wonderful provenance. Fine-.




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