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    The Man Who Laughs (Universal, 1928). Pre-War Belgian (24.5" X 33").
    Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, this is the story of Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt) who, as a boy, has a hideous smile carved on his face by King James II as payback for his father's treachery. In Gwynplaine, Veidt created one of his most disturbing and enduring characters, one whose appearance would provide inspiration for the creation of Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker. This beautiful pre-war Belgian poster pictures Veidt and Mary Philbin, who plays the blind Dea, the woman Gwynplaine loves in this, the silent era's last great romantic melodrama. The poster had pinholes in the borders, small tears at the borders, a small chip in the left border, and a tear in the right border, but these flaws have been rendered virtually invisible by expert professional restoration. Paper from this movie is quite scarce! Fine+ on Linen.


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