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    The Grapes of Wrath (20th Century Fox, 1940). Six Sheet (81" X 81"). John Ford's film of Steinbeck's harrowing novel was necessarily toned down for the audiences of 1940, but still remains a powerful depiction of the Depression and its devastating effects on a generation of Americans. Henry Fonda gives a career-making performance as Tom Joad, the leader of a dirt-poor clan who make their way towards California in search of gainful employment, and survival. This stunning six sheet features a stark title graphic combined with the fabulous Thomas Hart Benton artwork of the rural plains. Benton (1889-1975) was an American muralist of the Regionalist school. His work became famous in the early 1930s as he created murals for public buildings throughout the Midwest. Condition issues on this rare six sheet include light edge wear, very minor stains within the solid fields, minor paper loss at the crossfolds, with minor wrinkling and minor smudging in the borders, all of which is made invisible by professional restoration. This was a rare instance when a great American artist's work was used to advertise a film, without the use of star images and names. Very Fine on Linen.

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