SILENT FILM

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ABEL GANCE, D. W. GRIFFITH (1921)
ABEL GANCE, D. W. GRIFFITH (1921) $750.00 SOLD

Vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white photo, USA. Remarkable candid photo of a meeting between two legendary directors of the silent era.

Abel Gance came to the US in 1921 to promote his film J'accuse, which made its American debut on October 9 of that year. During a lengthy five-month stay, Gance made a point of meeting D.W. Griffith, whose work he had always admired.

There are a couple of slight corner creases, and an equally trifling horizontal crease, NEAR FINE.

ACROSS THE PACIFIC (1928)
ACROSS THE PACIFIC (1928) $350.00 SOLD

Vintage original 8 x 10” (20 x 25 cm.) Vintage original black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Joan Crawford, Ramon Novarro, Ernest Torrence, dir: Willian Nigh; MGM. Before being known as the ultimate flapper, Joan Crawford paid her dues and learned her craft in a variety of film stories.  This story, based on Ben Ames Williams novel was set in an American coastal community during the 1850s.  MGM remade the story in 1953 as ALL THE BROTHERS WERE VALIANT.  Anna May Wong made an uncredited appearance...

AFFAIR OF THE FOLLIES, AN (1927)
AFFAIR OF THE FOLLIES, AN (1927) $300.00 SOLD

Vintage original 14 x 36" (35 x 92 cm.) insert poster, USA. Lewis Stone, Billie Dove, Lloyd Hughes, Arthur Stone, Arthur Hoyt, dir: Millard Webb; First National Pictures. A vehicle for the great Ziegfeld Follies star Billie Dove. She portrays Tamara, married to an inventor who cannot get anyone to see his work, who must rejoin the Follies -- and that causes problems for her marriage. Dove, who started her career as a model, became one of the most decorative of the Follies girls and, when Ziegfeld paid too much attention to her, his wife Billie Burke arranged for Miss...

ANNA MAY WONG IN THE TOLL OF THE SEA (1922)
ANNA MAY WONG IN THE TOLL OF THE SEA (1922) $0.00 SOLD

Vintage original 10 x 8” (25 x 20 cm.) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Beatrice Bentley, Priscilla Moran, dir: Chester M. Franklin. Metro Pictures Corporation. Historically significant in the use of the early Technicolor film process, presented by the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation and advertised as “In Perfect Natural Colors.”  Though not the very first use of the “two-strip” process, it was the very first feature length motion picture filmed in Hollywood in this process. It...

BEGGAR IN PURPLE, A (1920)
BEGGAR IN PURPLE, A (1920) $300.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Lee Shumway, Charles Arling, Stanhope Wheatcroft. Betty Brice, Ruth King, dir: Edgar Lewis; Pathé. A fascinating image of the stock exchange as it appear1ed in 1920. The story, based on a book by Andrew Soutar, concerned business intrigue involving a paper mill. It is likely a lost film.

Minor soiling to blank white margins. Crease at top left corner. Crease at center right edge. Minor waviness to bottom margin. NEAR FINE.

BLACK PANTHER'S CUB, THE (1921)
BLACK PANTHER'S CUB, THE (1921) $350.00 SOLD

Vintage original 22 x 28" (55 x 70 cm.) half sheet poster, USA. Florence Reed, Norman Trevor, Henry Stephenson, Don Merrifield, dir: Emile Chautard; Ziegfeld Cinema Corporation/Equity Pictures. This tale (based on the Algernon Charles Swinburne poem "Faustine") told of the daughter of a gambling hall hostess who, when down on her luck, impersonates her mother and reopens the palace.

For one brief moment, Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.'s younger brother, William, decided to invest in a film production company. He presented this one film starring premier Broadway actress Florence Reed (and a cast of New York theatre actors), after which there were...

BROADWAY PEACOCK, THE (1922)
BROADWAY PEACOCK, THE (1922) $500.00 SOLD

Five (5) vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby cards, USA, Pearl White, Joseph Striker, Doris Eaton, Harry Southard, Elizabeth Garrison,dir: Charles Brabin; William Fox. This was one of the great Pearl White's later films. Starting in 1910, she became the most famous film actress in the world. That was for her ground-breaking serial THE PERILS OF PAULINE, in which she did her own death defying stunts, each installment ending with her in cliff-hanging peril. The stunts left her with many injuries and much pain, making stunt doubles necessary in later films and leaving her with addictions...

BROKEN BLOSSOMS (1919)
BROKEN BLOSSOMS (1919) $1,000.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, dir: D.W. Griffith; United Artists.

Legendary silent film from D.W. Griffith, it is the tragic tale of a frail girl brutalized by her father and befriended by a Chinese immigrant, all taking place in the seedy Limehouse District of London. When the girl passes out in the street one day, the Chinese immigrant, who has fallen in love with her from afar, takes her into his shop to nurse her and dresses the ragged girl as a princess (as seen in this scene...

Bunuel, Luis / UN CHIEN ANDALOU [AN ANDALUSIAN DOG] (1929; 1968)
Bunuel, Luis / UN CHIEN ANDALOU [AN ANDALUSIAN DOG] (1929; 1968) $500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 47 x 32" (120 x 82 cm.) half grande poster, France. Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali, Jaime Miravilles, dir: Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí; Les Grands Films Classiques.

When Luis Buñuel's debut film, which he co-created with fellow Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí, premiered in Paris in 1929, it was a private showing at a cine-club. This poster, with its montage of archival images from the movie (including the legendary image of the woman's eyeball being slit), is for the movie's first theatrical release anywhere, in 1968.

Folded, with minor creasing at folds, JUST ABOUT FINE.

BUSTER KEATON IN THE PALEFACE LOBBY CARD (1922)
BUSTER KEATON IN THE PALEFACE LOBBY CARD (1922) $750.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14” (28 x 36 cm.) lobby card, USA.  Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, dir: Buster Keaton and Edward Cline; First National.

Very uncommon lobby card from one of the classic Keaton short films, with slapstick interactions between him and various Native American characters, who are attempting to  prevent a land grab by some crooked white guys.

This card originally had a vertical fold (many rare silent lobby cards have only been found like this, as they werer used as bookmarks by...

BUSTER KEATON SURROUNDED BY FLAPPERS IN THE CAMERAMAN (1928)
BUSTER KEATON SURROUNDED BY FLAPPERS IN THE CAMERAMAN (1928) $200.00 SOLD

 Vintage original 8 x 10 (20 x 25 cm.) single weight glossy black and white silver gelatin print still photo, USA.  Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey. Brilliant Buster Keaton comedy about a tintype camera operator who trades his camera for a movie camera so he can impress and join the staff of the MGM newsreel department. The executives at MGM felt that this was the perfect film comedy and so would screen it to aspiring writers, directors and producers. Buster entertains the ladies of the...

CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, THE [DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI] (1921) - 1
CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, THE [DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI] (1921) - 1 $14,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 36 cm.) lobby card, USA. Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, dir: Robert Wiene; Goldwyn. The first great masterpiece of the horror film genre, and a groundwork film of German Expressionist cinema -- with every set handpainted, their distorted lines and shapes echoing the nightmarishness of this famous film.

The story is about Caligari, a rather dubious "doctor" who sets up a tent show to exhibit his attraction: Cesare, the 23-year-old somnambulist, always in a trance, who can tell fortunes. Caligari, in fact, has total control over Cesare, and begins ordering him to go commit murders...

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