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    The Eternal Sapho (Fox, 1916). One Sheet (30" X 41.5"). One of the biggest stars of the early silent era, Theda Bara is known to contemporary audiences primarily through stills and publicity photos, as many of her films have sadly been lost to the ravages of time. This movie is no exception. An adaptation of Alphonse Daudet's 1884 novel, Theda Bara, the screen's original "vamp," plays a young woman who believes she is under the spell of the Greek goddess Sapho, and sets out to marry for money and excitement, rather than love. To that end, she leaves her struggling artist boyfriend in order to pursue a wealthy man, a plot which ultimately fails. Despondent, she returns to her former flame, only to find that the grief of their parting caused him to commit suicide, a discovery which drives the young woman insane. The film, which also features an early appearance by Warner Oland (he had fewer than ten screen roles to his credit when he made this picture) - seen with Bara on this beautiful one sheet - was a success, but Bara's greatest roles, including 1917's Cleopatra, were still ahead of her. She remains today one of the best-known, and most intriguing, stars of her generation. The ultra-rare poster offered here had cracks, and scuffs with paper loss in the image area, chips in the borders, and a 2 by 4 inch piece missing in the right side of the poster at the center horizontal fold line. Professional restoration has expertly addressed these issues, rendering them virtually invisible, and has returned the poster to a like-new appearance. The rarity of this piece cannot be overstated. Don't miss this opportunity to add this historical beauty to your collection ! Very Good on Linen.

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