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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Goldwyn, 1920). Lobby Card (11" X 14").
    A treasure from the early days of cinema, paper from Robert Wiene's monument to German Expressionism is exceedingly scarce, and very sought after. Weaving a tale of unprecedented terror, writers Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer plunged headlong into the murky depths of the human mind, exploring the shifting boundary between subjectivity and insanity. The film's surreal, nightmarish sets further warp the dark fantasy unfolding on the screen and have had a lasting influence on the horror genre, courtesy of the visionary designers Hermann Warm, Walter Rein, and Walter Rohrig. 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 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. Coveted by horror fans the world over, opportunities to own such a rarity as this hardly ever surface. Fine+.


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