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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Goldwyn, 1920). Lobby Card (11" X 14").
    Always a marvelous treasure of early cinema, paper from Robert Wiene's monument to German Expressionism is exceedingly scarce, and exceedingly sought after. Weaving a tale of unprecedented terror, writers Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer plunge headlong into the murky depths of the human mind, expertly exploring the constantly shifting boundary between subjectivity and insanity. The surreal, nightmarish sets further warps the labyrinthine fantasy unfolding on the screen, a magnificent product from the visionary designers Hermann Warm, Walter Rein, and Walter Rohrig that has had a profound influence on the horror genre to this day. The card has a rubber stamp on the verso, denoting it as part of the "James Card Collection." 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 among them all was Caligari. Minor flaws do not detract from the monumental significance and appeal of this lobby card, which include pinholes in the borders, three rounded corners, a tiny tear in the left border, creasing and scratches in the image area, minor staining and smudging in the borders, and cellophane and paper tape on the verso. The bottom left corner has been replaced, and there is also slight surface paper loss in the upper border and background, the latter of which has been colored. Only sold once before at Heritage, opportunities to own such a rarity as this hardly ever surface. Fine+.


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