Paracelsus

N.p. N.p., Circa 1943. Vintage borderless reference photograph of Georg Wilhelm [G.W.] Pabst on the set of the 1943 German film. Production stamps on verso.

Made to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of Paracelsus.

Story of the 16th century Swiss physician/alchemist/astrologer Paracelsus (Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), played by Werner Krauss.

Made under the auspices of the Third Reich (Pabst's second film upon his forced return to Germany after a period in France), Paracelsus took on a new vogue in early 1940s Germany, attributing Nazi ideals and a hyper-Germanness to the Swiss alchemist and physician. After the collapse of the Third Reich, Pabst would go on to forcefully denounce Nazism.

Shot on location in Old Town, Prague, Czech Republic.

7 x 9.75 inches. Light creasing and edgewear, else Near Fine.


[Book #149399]

Price: $300.00