Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #005482121: ERICH VON STROHEIM

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Exceptionally rare and superb 7x10-inch sepia-tone full-length portrait in-costume as Prince Nickolas von Wildeliebe-rauffenburg in his 1928 silent drama The Wedding March (1928), boldly signed in heavy black fountain pen in the 1920s. In fine condition, with creases to the upper right-hand and lower left-hand corner tips, confined to the off-white borders. An amazing piece, splendid for display. 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.