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    Spies Lot (UFA, 1928). Fine/Very Fine. German Theater Advertisement on Paper (Advertisement: 8.75" X 11.75", Paper: 12.75" X 15.5"), German Exhibitor Advertisement on Paper (Advertisement: 7.75" X 10.75", Paper: 9.75" X 12.5"), German Postcards (2) on Paper (Postcards: 3" X 4.75", Paper: 9.75" X 12.5"), Signed German Photo on Paper (15.5" X 12.75"), & German First Edition Hardcover Book (207 Pages, 5.25" X 7.5").
    One of the architects of the cinematic style known as German Expressionism, Fritz Lang was also one of Europe's most important and innovative directors during the silent era, most remembered for his 1927 landmark science fiction epic, Metropolis. Due to the massive budget on Metropolis - a budget that had brought UFA Studios to the brink of bankruptcy - Lang was forced to scale back his next production, an espionage thriller titled Spies, which would influence virtually all espionage thrillers to come, including the ultra-popular James Bond franchise. Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou, co-wrote the screenplay for Spies and also created a solo novel adaptation for the film. A 1928 first edition copy of her hardcover book, which contains stills from the film inside the pages, is one of the items featured in this lot and has such indications of use as a few small stains in the beginning pages, a bit of ink writing on the title page, as well as minor paper lifts along one of the page gutters. The spine displays some color fading, and the cover has faint stains. The theatrical advertisement for the UFA-Palast am Zoo Theater is backed on the verso of a paper-mounted, vintage gelatin silver photograph from 1928 that showcases the theater's vestibule with access to the balcony rank and has been signed by photographer Leonard. Both items have soft surface rippling from the backing process and slight creases. The photo has some light discoloration from the adhesive with which it was backed and the theater advertisement has a few very faint stains. The glossy finish postcards and exhibitor advertisement have been backed on the front and verso of a single piece of paper, which has a protective sheet of vellum attached on the front. The items show some surface rippling and mild creases from the backing process.


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