Old Ross photo postcard with early signature by Luis Trenker.
The autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Luis Trenker - world famous and beloved as a mountain climber, actor, director and successful writer made his first contact with film in 1921, in which he helped Arnold Fanck on a mountain film. The main actor could not perform the stunts required, and so Trenker assumed the leading role. He gradually assumed more roles on set, and by 1928 was directing, writing and starring in his films.
The main theme of Trenker's work was the idealization of connection with the homeland and pointing out the decadence of city life. This loosely played into the hands of Nazi propagandists, who seized upon the nationalistic elements of his work. However, Luis refused to allow his work to be subverted as such and eventually moved to Rome to avoid further governmental pressure. This though, was not to be and after a pair of documentary films Trenker returned to Bozen to quit making movies.
After the world war II Trenker was accused of fascist opportunism but eventually the charges were dropped. In the mid 50's he again did some movies, though by 1965 he had switched mainly to the documentary form, focusing upon the Austrian Tyrol.
He also returned to writing about the mountains there, eventually dying at the age 97 in 1990.