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    D.W. Griffith Signed Contract for The Birth of a Nation (aka "The Clansman") (D.W.Griffith Corp., 1915). Vintage original 3-page typed contract on gray punched paper, top bound and bradded with blue paper back wrapper tipped to 14.75" x 19.5" foam core backing board with cut-out mat frame. This exceptionally rare document details producer agreement, investments, returns and royalties for the controversial landmark film, reading in part: "I hereby subscribe the sum of One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars to be paid to you on demand, and for which note is given this day, for the purpose of assisting in the production of a motion picture negative named ‘The Clansman," upon the following terms and conditions..." and information on estimated production budget including, "It is
    understood and agreed that it will require approximately Sixty Thousand ($60,000) Dollars to produce the said negative, and that H.E. Aitken of New York City, New York, will invest Forty Thousand ($40,000) Dollars of that amount, and that other investors, including the undersigned, will invest the remaining Twenty Thousand ($20,000) Dollars, estimated to be required for the above purpose..."

    Regardless of subject matter, D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation remains the legendary filmmaker's magnum opus and a vitally seminal cinematic work, which violently transformed the fledgling entertainment curiosity known as moving pictures into a true art form. With notes handwritten in pencil at top, and signed by 2-witnesses, as well as Griffith on the third page. Dated August 3rd, 1914. Exhibiting production wear, original transmittal folds, and minor edge wear. In vintage Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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