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4 Devils

4 Devils

Regular price $375.00 Sale

[F. W. Murnau]. Max Munn Autrey (photographer). 4 Devils. [Los Angeles: Fox Film Corporation, circa 1928]. Original single-weight publicity still photograph (M-2A-3). 8R (7.75 x 10.125 inches; 188 x 257 mm.). Group portrait photograph, featuring the members of the trapeze group The 4 Devils, comprising the actors Janet Gaynor, Nancy Drexel, Charles Morton and Barry Norton in costume. Reference notes in German along the top edge of the verso written in pencil: "'Vier Teufel' Regie: F. W. Murnau 1184." Horizontal edges with a shallow curl; discoloration in the upper-left corner from an old paperclip; bottom corners creased (only in the margins, not affecting the image area), with a small paper-tape reinforcement on the verso of the bottom right-corner; a couple trivial soil spots in the left margin; small, thin bruise in Nancy Drexel's headgear. Very good. "[May] be the single most important and frustrating 'lost' film..." (William K. Everson, American Silent Film, New York: 1998. p. 328). Janet Bergstrom, Murnau's 4 Devils: Traces of a Lost Film (Los Angeles: 2003), film. Deutsche Kinemathek's Lost Film database, ID 41.  (#10015).