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Vintage original 28 x 41 in. US "locally-produced" one-sheet poster from the teens WWI-themed silent film war drama, HEARTS OF THE WORLD, released in 1918 and directed by D.W. Griffith.


The design is dominated by the film's title within a huge red heart with Griffith's name above it. This poster was professionally printed and commissioned for a regional showing of the film, as this is in addition to the studio-produced posters for the film's original roadshow and then general releases. It has restoration to fold wear, separations, and some tears across the interior. There was paper loss at the bottom of the vertical fold, around the center crossfold in the title, and in the upper right corner. There is a large area of paper loss from the top border into D.W. Griffith's credit.


*"Hearts of the World is a 1918 American silent World War I propaganda film written, produced and directed by D. W. Griffith. In an effort to change the American public's neutral stance regarding the war, the British government contacted Griffith due to his stature and reputation for dramatic filmmaking. Hearts of the World stars Lillian and Dorothy Gish and Robert Harron and was produced by D.W. Griffith Productions, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, and the War Office Committee. The nationwide general release  was distributed by Paramount Pictures under the Artcraft Pictures Corporation banner.


The British Government gave Griffith unprecedented access to film in locations that were otherwise forbidden to journalists. After being presented to George V and Queen Mary, Griffith was introduced to members of London's aristocracy, who agreed to appear in the film, including Lady Lavery, Elizabeth Asquith, Diana Manners. Playwright Noël Coward also appeared as an extra. Exterior shots were largely filmed throughout England from May to October 1917. Griffith made two trips to France, where he filmed footage of the trenches. In one instance, Griffith and his film crew were forced to take cover when their location came under German artillery fire; he escaped unscathed.


The film company returned to Los Angeles, where British and Canadian troops recreated battle scenes and other interior scenes on a stage at the Fine Arts Studio in Los Angeles from November to December 1917. The scenes shot in Europe and Los Angeles were edited together with footage from stock newsreels. In a scene cut from the movie, actress Colleen Moore appeared as a little girl in her bed who, hearing the war raging beyond her window, was so frightened that she turned the hands of her alarm clock forward, hoping that time would rush forward to the end of the fighting."
*(source: Wikipedia)



HEARTS OF THE WORLD (1918) US Locally-Produced One-Sheet Poster

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