Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0016101122: FRITZ LANG

Extremely rare vintage original theater-used 11x14-inch lobby card for the 1952 film noir classic Clash by Night, marked #4 from a wider set (not included), signed in blue ballpoint pen along the upper border in the 1970s, with the writing grazing the edge of the card. In fine condition, with a Canadian censor stamp in the middle of the right border image; pinholes to all four corners and the center at the top; light corner creasing; light soiling to the white border in three spots; and a small crinkle under the autograph. Legendary Austrian-born director and screenwriter Fritz Lang played key roles in the shaping of two national cinemas:  The German during the late silent and early talkie periods, and the American during its Golden Age.  His incredible body of work includes Der müde Tod [Destiny] (1921), the first film in his lifelong exploration of man's battle against fate; Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler [Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler] (1922), one of three pictures he made about the master criminal; Metropolis (1926), a striking vision of the dystopian city of the future; M (1931), a haunting glimpse into the mind of a murderer; and You Only Live Once (1937), a sort of Bonnie and Clyde story.  While Lang is often lumped in with members of the German Expressionist school, his tendencies toward abstraction, stylization of form, anonymity of character, and "architectural" use of human figures, were wholly his own.