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5b001 M linen German 38x56 '31 Fritz Lang, incredible c/u art of the title on hand, ultra rare!

Date Sold 3/7/2017
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Teaser German Movie Poster (measures 37 1/2" x 55 3/4" [95 x 142 cm]) (Learn More)

M (released in England in 1932 and in the U.S. in 1933), the classic 1931 Fritz Lang German psychotic-serial-child-murderer serial killer crime film noir thriller (about a killer of small children who is hunted by the police AND by "regular" criminals, who want him stopped because he is bad for their business, and when they catch him ahead of the police, they put him "on trial"; surely one of the handful of greatest movies ever made!) starring Peter Lorre (as Hans Beckert), Gustaf Grundgens, Otto Wernicke (as Inspector Karl Lohmann), Theo Lingen, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Fritz Gnass, Fritz Odemar, Theodor Loos (as Inspector Groeber), Paul Kemp, Franz Stein, Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur, and Georg John (as the blind panhandler). Note that this movie was remade in 1951 by Joseph Losey starring David Wayne.
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Important Added Info: Note that this is a "country of origin" poster for this German movie! When it was first released in Germany, there was a three-sheet-like German poster that measured 37" x 83", and which had a green and black arm against a green and white background, with a red "M" on the hand, and there was also this poster, which measures 37 1/2" x 55 3/4", and which has a giant hand against a black background with the red "M" on it. It was created in two versions, one with credits, and one without (similar to what was done with Metropolis a few years earlier). Both styles of this poster are incredibly rare! We have never auctioned this poster before, but we found another auction site that had, and that is clearly a very different example from this one, because that poster appears to have had a lot of restoration, and the colors seem likely to have been partially or completely painted over (or perhaps the image was digitally enhanced, or both). This example has surely darkened and faded somewhat from being displayed, but it has NOT been painted over, which seems vastly preferable to me! It might be many years before this poster is again offered at auction!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good to very good. As noted above, the poster was surely exhibited and has darkened and faded somewhat (we don't know to what degree, because we have no unrestored example of the poster to compare it to). It had tiny paper loss at the crossfolds and some tiny bits of paper loss on parts of several folds. It had a 5" tear in the lower right solid black area, with a 5" U-shaped tear to the upper right of that, and a 1 1/2" tear, all in the lower right solid black area. There were two creases in the lower left of the image, entering the bottom left of the hand. There were some smudges and small stains in the borders, with paper loss at the bottom of the right blank border, and some small tears and paper loss in the rest of the borders. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was linenbacked in a "minimalist" style, where only slight restoration was performed to the above defects. I agree with this decision, because if it were painted over (as at least one other example surely was), then it would have a heavily restored look. This poster shows signs of its age, but why is that bad?
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