Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #005482121: ERICH VON STROHEIM

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Scarce vintage signature in blue fountain pen on a 3x5-inch yellow card with two punch holes from indexing in a binder, acquired in-person in the 1940s and decorated in later years with a small book image. In fine condition, with minor edge wear. Mesmerizing Austrian-born director and actor Erich Von Stroheim began his career in D.W. Griffith dramas, where he created his trademark nasty Prussian officer role. His directorial debut, Blind Husbands (1919), was followed by The Devil's Passkey (1920), Foolish Wives (1922) and his masterpiece, Greed (1924), a landmark in film realism which was infamously trimmed down from 9 hours to 140 minutes without his approval just before its release. It was followed by The Merry Widow (1925), The Wedding March (1928) and Queen Kelly (1928). His extravagance and demand for artistic control scuttled his directorial career, and he returned to acting, notably in Grand Illusion (1937) and Sunset Boulevard (1950), perhaps his two best-loved roles.