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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 groundbreaking Expressionist masterpiece conceived by writers Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Dubbed as the "the first true horror film" by none other than Roger Ebert, Caligari pushed the art of filmmaking deep into the uncharted territories of psychological fear and fantasy, exploring the darker side of human consciousness with a perfectly surrealistic set design and labyrinthine plot. Director Robert Wiene and designers Hermann Warm, Walter Reim, and Walter Rohrig created a terrifyingly abstract world of shifting perceptions that has influenced an inestimable number of film noir and horror directors for nearly a century. The card has a rubber stamp in the right side of the upper border 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 and include: pinholes in the corners, single pinholes in the center top and bottom border each, a pinhole in the center image, small tears in the bottom border, light surface wear in the center, some paper loss and glue residue on the verso, a small crease in the top border, mild corner bends, a light diagonal crease in the upper left border, and general edge wear. A small chip in the top border, upper left corner, and a sliver down the left side have been replaced. This card comes with a wonderful provenance. Fine-.


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