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9d393 WAY DOWN EAST linen 1sh '20 D.W. Griffith, great art of Lillian Gish carried over ice floes!

Date Sold 6/2/2013
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 28 3/4" x 41" [73 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Way Down East, the classic 1920 D.W. Griffith silent romantic melodrama ("A simple story of plain people"; "D.W. Griffith Presents a Magnificent Elaboration of Way Down East"; "Based on Wm A. Brady's famous play by Lottie Blair Parker"; about a young country girl who goes to visit her rich city relatives, and she is seduced and abandoned and left pregnant; she loses the baby and is left homeless, and is taken in by a religious farmer, who doesn't know her past; she falls in love with the farmer's son, and the farmer throws her out when he learns about her past, and she gets swept away while crossing an icy river, and the farmer's son rescues her, and the farmer learns her true story and forgives her) starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman, Burr McIntosh, Josephine Bernard, and Norma Shearer (in an uncredited role). Note that the dramatic scene of Gish crossing the ice floes (one of the best remembered sequences in the history of film!) was filmed on a constructed set, but it was still dangerous to film, and the icy water caused damage to Gish's left hand that she had for the rest of her life! Also note that this movie was first released on a road show basis with twenty companies, including symphonic orchestras and effects touring the first class theaters in the U.S.! It was shown in two parts with an intermission, and at some showings, Gish appeared in person during the intermission. After its roadshow release, it was released nationally by United Artists, and they re-released it (with sound added in 1931), and there was a remake in 1935!
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Important Added Info: Note that this poster measures 28 3/4" x 41" [73 x 104 cm].

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good to fine. The poster had minor fold and border wear. There are some very slight "registration" issues (the colors not being perfectly aligned during printing). Overall, the poster was in very good to fine condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well!
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