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INVENTORY# 136
CATALOGUE# 193114241
TITLE GRETA GARBO CINEMA POSTER
PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN
PHOTOGRAPHER DOB UNKNOWN
PHOTOGRAPHER NATIONALITY UNKNOWN
DATE OF PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1929
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AMERICA
DIMENSIONS (inches) 41X28
METRIC DIMENSIONS (cm) 104.14x71.12
COLOR BLACK AND WHITE
CATEGORY POSTERS
TYPE OF PRINT UNKNOWN
FRAMED FALSE
SIGNED FALSE
LABELS/MARKINGS ORNATE
CONDITION FAIRLY GOOD
BACK STORY The Greta Garbo of the silent era is a fascinating creature to watch on screen in so many ways. Often during the late 20's playing a vamp, femme fatale, or adulterious wife her work in this early period makes a most interesting contrast to her later roles as the tragedy queen of MGM's glossy 1930's historical pieces and romantic melodramas. "Wild Orchids", coming from 1929 is what is called a "transitional talkie", meaning that it was one of the very last silent films produced and had sound effects incorporated into the sound track which makes for interesting viewing if only to witness first hand this very brief interlude in movie making before sound came fully in. Indeed Garbo was deliberately held back from talkies by MGM because of fears of what her accent would do to her loyal public's perception of her. "Wild Orchids", really can be viewed as the epitome of the lavishness expected from the legendary 1920's. Indeed the word "exotic", best sums up this production from the final period of the silent era that sees Garbo really in command of the screen in a tale of romance, infidelty, and revenge; the sort of melodrama that quickly went out of fashion once the 1930's and the depression got underway. Teamed with frequent co star veteran character actor Lewis Stone as her elderly husband and the handsome Danish actor Nils Asther as her Javanese lover Garbo still manages to command both the screen and the viewers attention with that very special screen presense that was uniquely her's.

by Simon Davis, Austrailia
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ONE OF THREE CUSTOM MADE PROMOTIONAL BILLBOARDS FROM THE JOHN W. KLUGE MORVEN COLLECTION. ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHIC INSERT WITH HAND DRAWN ILLUSTRATIONS AND HAND DRAWN TEXT ON THE ORIGINAL BILLBOARD.