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9j0012 LOUISE BROOKS deluxe 11x14 still 1929 incredible close portrait by Eugene Robert Richee, rare!

Date Sold 8/3/2021
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Deluxe 11" x 14" [28 x 36 cm] Movie Still (Learn More)

Louise Brooks was born Mary Louise Brooks in 1906, and she was always unconventional. She was the daughter of a Kansas lawyer, but she left at the age of 16 to go to New York and join Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn with their Denishawn dancers. Two years later she had a falling out with Shawn and was fired. She then worked in the George White's Scandals, the Ziegfeld Follies, and had several minor movies as a sexy flapper girl in comedies. She finally got her big break in a starring role in Beggars Of Life, and predictably she left Hollywood to go to Europe. But she had had the title role in The Canary Murder Case in 1929, which had been filmed as a silent, and Paramount asked her to return to dub the movie, and she refused, which effectively blacklisted her in Hollywood. She made two incredible movies with legendary German director G.W. Pabst, Pandora's Box, and Diary Of A Lost Girl and I highly recommend both. She made Prix de Beaute in France, and in the early 1930s she returned to Hollywood (minus her trademark flapper hairdo) where she could only get minor roles, and she returned to Kansas, and later New York. She lived an alcoholic life in obscurity (supported by former admirers including William S. Paley, founder of CBS). In the 1950s and 1960s she was "rediscovered" by film critics, and she wrote many articles and books about her life, which I also highly recommend. She is likely best remembered for her distinctive hair style! She passed away in 1985 at the age of 78.
Important Added Info: Note that this is a deluxe still printed on double weight paper stock. Louise Brooks collectors all know that original 8x10 stills with portraits of her are extremely rare, and 11x14 portraits are even more rare! Better yet, this one is not only on deluxe paper stock, but it also has an embossed stamp for photographer Eugene Robert Richee in the lower right corner and much printed information on the back indicating that it is surely an original vintage still from 1929. Such stills almost never are offered for sale or at auction! IMPORTANT! The person who consigned this still sent it to us with a mat that had been created for it (see our image of the still underneath the mat). We can send that mat together with the still to the winning bidder, but of course, it will make the package bigger, so we will only do so if the winning bidder requests that we do it (otherwise, we will just send the still without the mat).

Condition: good to very good. There is tiny paper loss in the corners, just touching the edge of the background in the top right corner. The still was used Photoplay magazine, and someone at the magazine performed some touch up to the lower half of the still, most notably on a stain in the right of Brooks' chin, just below her lip. There were also some kind of smudges and scuffs in the bottom portion of the still that apparently were cleaned in some way. When you tilt the still to the light, you can see what we are describing above quite clearly. From any reasonable viewing distance, the touch up in Brooks' chin is still noticeable, so bear all of this in mind before bidding on this incredibly rare still.
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