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6c079 VICTORY OR DEATH linen Italian 4p 1913 Metlicovitz art of countess jumping from plane to ship!

Date Sold 5/3/2018
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Italian Four-Panel Movie Poster (4p; measures approximately 94" x 126" [239 x 320 cm]) (Learn More)

Vittoria o morte! (released in English-speaking countries as "Victory or Death"), the 1913 Mario Caserini Italian silent espionage spy adventure melodrama thriller (about a countess whose father had important secret documents, and a spy steals them, and she spends the entire film pursuing him; in the most interesting sequence of the movie, she steals an early airplane to chase the spy, and she jumps from the plane to the ship he is on) starring Berta Nelson. It is easy to find a complete summary of the movie, but we could not find any names of the rest of the cast. This almost certainly is one of the earliest non-documentary movies to include an airplane, especially in an important plot development. The movie has several important similarities to "Filibus", which was also made in Italy two years later, and we would think the makers of Filibus surely had seen this movie! If anyone knows more about this movie, please e-mail us and we will post it here.
Artist: Leopoldo Metlicovitz
Important Added Info: Note that this is a "country of origin" poster for this Italian movie! The poster shows the most striking scene from the movie, when the countess is preparing to leap from the airplane to the ship! The art on the poster is by Leopoldo Metlicovitz, who is considered one of the two most important early Italian advertising artists (the other was Marcello Dudovich). This poster has no printing on it, so it was almost certainly an "export" poster that was sent to other countries showing the movie, and they could overprint the title of the movie in their own language (which is perhaps why there is a somewhat blank background area in the middle of the poster).

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good to very good. The poster had darkening on many folds and in the borders. It had many faint scuffs and smudges scattered in the image. It had a few small tears and tiny areas of paper loss on small parts of some folds and in small parts of the borders. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was backed pretty well, but the poster is slightly "lifting" along internal borders of the sections that are within the image (because the pieces join together to form a single poster). Any restorer could properly re-glue those areas of slight lifting without backing the poster, after which the poster will display well (although it will of course show clear signs that it is over a century old, especially the darkening along the folds).
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