N.p. N.p., Circa 1926. Vintage black and white publicity photograph of actor Monte Blue shining his shoes on the set of the 1926 Ernst Lubitsch film. With an annotation in holograph pencil on the verso attesting to same.
Based on the 1872 play "Le Reveillon" by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy. A married man living in Paris discovers that his old flame, a free-spirited, flirtatious woman, has moved in next door. Lubitsch's penultimate silent film.
Monte Blue established himself as popular male lead during the silent era in "Birth of a Nation" (1915) and "Intolerance" (1916), and unlike many silent-era actors, transitioned with ease and success into the sound era beginning in 1927, with this film, "White Shadows in the South Seas" (1928), and "Key Largo" (1948).
German-born director Lubitsch moved to the US in the early 1920s, contracted by silent film starlet Mary Pickford to direct "Rosita" (1923). The film proved a substantial hit for both Pickford and Lubitsch, and kicked off the director's successful career in Hollywood, where he became known for "the Lubitsch touch," a catchall for his benign, elegant comedies of manners, most notably "Trouble in Paradise" (1932), "Ninotchka" (1939), "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940), and "Heaven Can Wait" (1943).
Set in Paris.
10 x 8 inches. Very Good plus, with brief wear to the top left and bottom right corners.