Original Movie Posters to Trade

These posters are for trade purposes only and are not for sale. Please refer to my want list for things that are of interest.

1900-1919 1920-1929 1930-1945 1946-1964 1965-1979 1980-Present

1946 - 1964:

With the war over, the baby boom was on. Times were good, but the memories were bad. The wholesome artificiality of the Production Code that made everything so shiny and clean now seemed a mockery of the death, rot and corruption those mid-west farmboys and girls had just survived. The war had forever changed the American psyche, and the films mirrored that change.

Gradually, filmmakers started testing the boundaries of what was allowed, subverting cliches, and reaching back into territory that hadn't been visited in almost 20 years. The advent of television and the collapse of the studio system hastened the end of the Production Code as Hollywood was forced to tackle stories that would never be allowed on TV. Fully "mature" films were being made once again in Europe, but the US film industry was quickly catching up.

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NAZARIN (1958) - Luis Bu˝uel's final Mexican masterpiece that won the Interational Award at Cannes, and provided the springboard for the unprecedented series of films he would make in Europe in the last years of his career. Once again having a go at the Catholic Church, Bu˝uel highlights the hypocrisy that surrounds an organization that lets it's elites live in splendor, while serving the poorest of the poor. Needless to say, this film infuriated one or two folks, yet after it all, no less than Francisco Franco invited him to fascist Spain to work on "Viridiana," a film that was later banned in fascist Spain.

I actually like the fold burns on this, gives it a Jesus-in-a-Waffle, religious relic sort of feel. I think Bu˝uel would approve.

Trade Only (T.O.)

PATHS OF GLORY (1958) - Stanley Kubrick teams up with Kirk Douglas to make one of the most important war films of the era. Very rarely were non-gung-ho war stories ever told by Hollywood, particularly after the "good war" of World War 2, when there was some "clarity" to the violence. Perhaps it's because Kubrick chose to work with World War I, which was a little less known (see, there is a reason to have more than one world war!), that he was able to get away with making an anti-war, war film.

Taking its cues from army recruiting posters, this linen backed one sheet is from the original release.

T.O.

SPIDER, THE (aka ARAIGNEE VAMPIRE, L') (1958) - We're getting to the end of the giant insect movies of the '50s, but there's still some life left in the ol' genre yet.

Very nice original Belgian release, with the poor damsel fending off 8 paws at once. Just like Saturday night!

T.O.

THING THAT COULDN'T DIE (aka DECAPITE VIVANT) (1958) - Nice take by the Belgian artists that builds on the original US art to create something greater than the original.

Excellent shape.

T.O.

ORFEU NEGRO (aka BLACK ORPHEUS) (1959) - Before Milius put "Heart of Darkness" in Vietnam, Marcel Camus updated Orpheus and Eurydice into the slums of Rio. Set to the sensual bossa nova rhythms provided by A.C. Jobim, the film went on to win at Cannes.

Iconic artwork captures the thrills of Carnival. Original French '59 release, on linen.

T.O.

SHAME IN THE CITY (c. 1960s?) - Smut pioneer William Mishkin has probably retitled this from who knows what. Nevertheless, outstanding graphics speak for themselves.

You small town folk out there take heed. I mean unless strip joints, semi-naked art models, and dope addicts sound like fun, stay away from the big city. It's better to eat porridge and live a long life.

T.O.

SWINGING HIGH (c. 1960s?) - I must say, this hippie sex cult sounds intriguing, I would like to learn more. Perhaps I should go inside and see this movie?

Ultra-low budget sexploitation throws in everything but the kitchen sink. At least the young lady seems to be enjoying it.

T.O.

MARIHUANA (aka MARIHUANA STORY)/ENGENDROS DEL VICIO (c. 1960s?) - Rare and unusual spanish sleaze double feature for Klimovsky's fine loco para reefer movie, plus a mas mal mujeres movie.

Very naughty graphics must have surely brought in the pesos.

T.O.

BLAUE ANGEL, DER (aka BLUE ANGEL, THE) (c. 1960s) - Really beautiful re-release "Style B" artwork. Perfectly captures the decadence of Weimar Germany and the artistry of von Sternberg's direction. The film that made Marlene Dietrich a star.

Excellent condition.

T.O.

PSYCHO (1960) - Original release Italian photobusta.

What could be better? Something's bothering Alfred Hitchcock as he contemplates a truly cracked Norman Bates (aka Anthony Perkins). Same art as the original 4 panel, but at a size you could actually put on your wall. The perfect "Psycho" piece.

T.O.

PUSHER, THE (1960) - Two original release lobby cards, (both as pictured in Boyreau's "Trash" film poster book).

Needless to say, this is one of the most controversial lobby cards of the era. Clearly, some people will do anything to get their drugs...And I mean anything. I'm sure what it looks like is happening is not what's happening - but it sure looks like it! Guaranteed to get teenaged boys into theaters.

T.O.

SPARTACUS (R. 1974) - Original German release for a 1970s re-release.

Of all the Stanley Kubrick film posters, "Spartacus" suffers from having almost universally shite artwork, no country is excepted. The coins style does nothing for me, and the artwork generally used is all sub-par. This German re-release is the only one that is any good, and it happens to be really good, and is the only poster I presently would consider owning for the film.

T.O.

TIREZ SUR LE PIANISTE (aka SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER) (1960) - Truffaut's nouvelle vague masterpiece. The Cahiers crowd was obsessed with US film noir, and both Truffaut and Godard successfully mined the iconography in many of their most important films.

Original release Belgian poster with terrific art featuring a recognizable Charles Aznavour and the piano.

T.O.

YEUX SANS VISAGE, LES (aka EYES WITHOUT A FACE) (1960) - Georges Franju's creepy classic of atmosphere and horror. Edith Scob gives the performance of a lifetime as the (mad) scientist's daughter who has her face horribly disfigured by pops in a car crash. Seminal European horror at it's finest.

Highly collectible, original release French petite.

T.O.

CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF, THE (aka NUIT DU LOUP GAROU, LA) (c. 1961) - While "Curse of the Werewolf" has fantastic posters almost across the board, this is certainly the alpha poster in the pack. Garish fluorescent colors are used to daring perfection, pre-dating the '60s day-glo period by several years.

Original release French petite.

T.O.

ANNEE DERNIERE A MARIENBAD, L' (aka LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD) (1961) - Original release French petite.

One of the cornerstones of the nouvelle vague, Alan Resnais sets the high mark for existential European cinema that was so envied by US filmmakers, but seemingly completely out of their ability to mimic. Uses the same classic artwork as the grande.

T.O.
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