The Circus (United Artists, 1929). Very Fine- on Linen.Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionThe Circus (United Artists, 1929). Very Fine- on Linen. Pre-War Belgian (23.75" X 33.5") Hap Hadley Artwork.
Charlie Chaplin both directed and starred in this comedy gem that has the "Little Tramp" running from the law and "accidentally" joining the circus as a clown. It's one of Chaplin's most poignant roles and one for which he won a special Oscar. It became the 7th highest grossing silent film in cinema history, taking in more than $3.8 million in 1928. In the course of production, Chaplin's studio burned down. This tragedy combined with a number of major personal issues that arose during production led to Chaplin's nervous breakdown (he spent time recovering in New York after about two-thirds of the film had been shot). Because of the problems with the production, not the film itself, it is the only one of his major feature films not mentioned in his autobiography. The film was a landmark in silent screen comedy and the poster is a significant piece of silent film history. The artwork is by the great Alvin "Hap" Hadley (1895-1976), one of the most admired illustration artists of this period, and was printed in beautiful stone lithography. Professional corrections have been made to fold wear, a few minor chips, and a couple of tears in the lower right corner. There is a tax stamp in the lower right and one in the imprint area.
Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000.
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