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GOINES, David Lance.

Nosferatu film poster.

Berkeley: 1977 Stock Code: 144873
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First printing, number 152 of 300 copies signed by the artist on the lower right of the image, from a total print run of 2,453. This striking art deco style poster was commissioned for the 1977 Pacific Film Archive screening of F. W. Murnau's influential 1922 silent vampire film Nosferatu, starring Max Schreck as the Count Orlok.

Goines's said of the film "There's nothing like being un-dead to assure immortality. Bram Stoker's 1897 novel about vampires and werewolves came out just in time to give a century of film makers grist for their dark Satanic mills, and there's no sign of their slowing down. Stoker was for many years the manager of the famous British actor Sir Henry Irving. Perhaps this exposure to the stage was where he got the basic idea of a bloodsucking ghost that preys on the living".

Despite changes made to details in the plot of the film its clear and unofficial derivation from Bram Stoker's Dracula led Stoker's heirs to sue over the adaptation and a court ruling ordered all copies of the film to be destroyed. A few prints of Nosferatu survived, however, and the film is now regarded as an masterpiece of cinema.

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Five colour offset lithograph poster (610 x 455 mm). Presented in a gilt frame with conservation acrylic glazing (740 x 590 mm).


A beautiful and bright copy in fine condition.


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