A dazzling Art Deco poster with bold and distinctive artwork by noted Swedish designer Eric Rohman for the Swedish release of Universal's 1929 musical Broadway. Based on a successful Broadway play of the same name and directed by Hungarian bacteriologist Pal Fejos, early talkie Broadway was billed as the first $1,000,000 all talking picture, shot in both silent and talkie versions with technicolor sequences. Particularly notable was the director's groundbreaking use of a giant camera crane constructed specifically for the production, enabling fluid panoramic shots and stunning visuals the likes of which had not been seen before. Released at the height of the Roaring Twenties, the film told a story of underworld gangsters and showgirls against the backdrop of a Broadway cabaret. With both silent and talking prints of the movie extant, the sound version was reconstructed by The Criterion Collection and included as a feature on the DVD/Blu-ray release of Fejos' 1928 film, Lonesome.
Very good (B)
Backed on linen in the European style with no restoration whatsoever. Backing has smoothed and diminished one vertical and one horizontal fold line and minor nicks, creases and tears to margins. A 4½ in. vertical tear from upper edge has been closed and smoothed so successfully that it is only noticeable to the trained eye on very close inspection. Minor loss to border edge at upper left corner. The upper edge appears to have been unevenly trimmed, probably when the poster was originally printed and cut for distribution. Image and colours otherwise excellent.