Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #005482121: ERICH VON STROHEIM

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Scarce vintage fountain pen signature on a roughly 4.5 x 5.25-inch yellow autograph album page, acquired in-person around 1949, when he had returned to Hollywood to film Sunset Boulevard (1950). Some minor staining at the bottom left, well away from the signature; otherwise very fine condition and excellent for matting. 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.