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18. The Birth of a Nation hand-painted Danish three-sheet. (Epoch Producing, 1915/ R-ca. 1922) Vintage original Danish 38 x 78 in. hand- painted three-sheet poster for one of the most important and controversial films of all time, D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation. Acclaimed for its numerous cinematic innovations, while in a prevailing historical opinion, being nearly single-handedly responsible for the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan due to its screen depiction of newly-freed African-Americans as usurpers and layabouts, warning of a "rising tide of color" subverting established (white) American values. Expertly hand-executed in gouache, on muslin- backed paper leaf at the time of distribution to preserve its integrity throughout multiple outdoor displays. Due to the immense, unprecedented popularity of this film, it was the first in history to run virtually continuously for a number of years after its US release in 1915, and its first wide distribution throughout Europe in 1918, and therefore it is quite difficult if not impossible to say exactly when this very early poster came into use, but it certainly dates from the initial long run of ca. 1918-1922. Folded as virtually all film posters were at this time for ease of transfer to its next screening, with noticeable wear and scuffing at folds and extremities, plus numerous nail and pin holes throughout the unpainted border from a number of postings, though considering this amazing historic artifact is nearly 100 years old, it remains nearly as vibrant and attractive as the day it was painted, with no apparent color fade or significant age or handling. In vintage good condition overall. $1,000 - $1,500

































































































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