By Will Noel
Last year, Princeton University Library acquired about 3,500 posters from the earliest days of the movies. I went to Rex Hatfield’s office to see the mountain of boxes when they arrived. When the first box was unpacked, I took a quick photo of the Swedish poster for Fritz Lang’s great 1927 silent movie Metropolis. This is one of many Metropolis posters, the most famous of which is the international poster, designed by Heinz Schulz-Neudamm. Our Swedish poster features Brigitte Helm. Helm is the saintly Maria in the film whose likeness is transferred to a “Machine-Person” that wreaks havoc through Metropolis. The poster was designed by Moje Aslund.
You can see more examples of Aslund’s work online.