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

1980 - The Present Day:

Beginning in the 1980s, cinema reeled from the one-two punch of the final, complete corporatization of the USA, and the "blockbuster" mentality that "Star Wars" implanted into the cocaine addled brains of development executives. Gone was the vital, independent cinema of the '60s and '70s, replaced by spreadsheets, bloated budgets, and high concept effects films. "Intelligence," "art," and "challenging" were now pejoratives, replaced by lowest common denominator thinking designed to part rubes from their box-office dollars in the laziest manner possible.

Still, in spite of the long odds against them, the occasional film was able to sneak through and show thought, wit, and creativity. Sadly, most of these films were from countries outside the USA.

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Photo Title/Description Price

TETSUO (aka IRON MAN) (1989) - Yes, it's a video poster, but if anybody can find me an original Japanese release I'd love to hear from you. Shinya Tsukamoto's audaciously original masterpiece of cyberpunk filmmaking received a very limited theatrical release in Japan, so that pretty much just leaves the video poster, which is equally rare, if you want it in your collection.

This is the original video release, and gives the full flavor of what's in store.

Trade Only (T.O.)

VIOLENT COP (aka SONO OTOKO, KYOBO NI TSUKI) (1989) - "Beat" Takeshi Kitano's stunning directorial debut, featuring himself as the star. If the Bad Lieutenant and Dirty Harry had an out-of-wedlock, psychopathic son, this would be it.

Original Japanese release.

T.O.

WILD ORCHID (aka SMYSLNA ORCHIDEJ (c. 1990) - Director Zalman King's sleaze nightmare starring Mickey Rourke. The artist perfectly captures the essence of the film. I really need to get the Japanese "Naked Lunch," it would work perfectly with this.

Original Czech release.

T.O.

YUME (aka DREAMS) (1990) - Perhaps sensing the end nearing, Akira Kurasowa begins an astonishing period of filmmaking, beginning with "Dreams." A series of vignettes, marked by incredible production design, cinematography, and acting, all based on the great director's own dreams.

Original Japanese release.

SOLD

RHAPSODY IN AUGUST (aka HACHI GATSU NO KYOSHIKYOKU) (1991) - Akira Kurosawa's contemplation on the atomic bombing of Japan and it's effects on a family, and it's improbable reunion with long lost grandson, Richard Gere. The stunt casting doesn't affect the film too much and there are many wonderful moments of Kurosawa Fu.

Original release Japanese poster.

T.O.

UNFORGIVEN (1992) - Almost certainly one of the best posters of the 1990s, this is the original release, double sided advance. Must be seen in a lightbox for full impact.

Until proven otherwise, this is Clint Eastwood's masterpiece. A sublime contemplation on death and life in the old west, by an old hand who's an expert at both, "Unforgiven" is loaded with memorable characters and performances, and turns many of the tired old western cliches on their ears, updating the genre for the next century.

T.O.

TWIN PEAKS FIRE WALK WITH ME (aka FUOCO CAMMINA CON ME) (1993) - Theatrical sequel to David Lynch's groundbreaking TV series, tells the story of poor Laura Palmer's days before her short trip in a rail car. Appropriately quirky, yet with the standard Lynchian underpinnings of brutal savagery. Heck, even has gratuitous David Bowie, in one of the most unusual performances ever put on film.

This is the original release Italian 2 panel, on linen. Bella!

T.O.

MADADAYO (aka NOT YET!) (1993) - Akira Kurosawa's final film uses a Japanese drinking game that asks "are you ready", to which the response is "not yet," which might be a not so subtle hint that the old master wasn't quite ready to stop making films. Unfortunately, there were to be no more after this. Reminiscent of "Ikiru," it is a fitting end to one of the greatest directors the world ever produced.

Kurosawa also did the artwork used on this original Japanese release.

T.O.

GHOST IN THE SHELL (aka KOKAKU KIDOTAI) (1995) - Based on the popular Manga, this is the first in what would be an empire of related films, TV shows, and video games.

Shouldn't be a big stretch to see why I like this poster - it is the original Japanese release and is rolled. Wait, that's not what you thought the reason was...?

T.O.

L'ECRAN FANTASTIQUE (1995) - Who would have thought the French would create one of the best Lugosi posters around? This was for a series of screenings that covered the history of horror/fantasy films. Perfect for hanging on Hallowe'en.

Original French release, on linen.

T.O.

STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997) - Outstanding double sided, original release advance one sheet that just begs for a lightbox.

Verhoeven's misunderstood masterpiece. In spite of smilin' Denise Richards, and most of the scenes prior to bootcamp, this is one of the best goll durned science fiction movies ever made. An early adopter of digital production, the armies of bugs were jaw-dropping at the time, and remain so today. Give it a second chance.

T.O.

EYES WIDE SHUT (1999) - Stanley Kubrick's final film is an astonishing cap to his illustrious career. An unexpected examination of the nature of relationships, jealousy, and creepy rich people from the man whose films seemed to have nothing but ice in their veins. Kubrick extracts a performance from Tom Cruise that will amaze.

Double sided original release advance one sheet.

T.O.

GRASS (1999) - Ron Mann's excellent film on the history of cannabis prohibition set the bar for any further such examinations. Narrated by Woody Harrelson, it is documentary filmmaking at it's best, using the medium to reveal truths that might not be so visible. Should be required viewing in the USA.

Original release US one sheet.

T.O.

BEST IN SHOW (2000) - The pinnacle of dog show mockumentaries, of course this comes from the mind of Christopher Guest and his band of regulars. Parker Posey steals the movie as the insufferable attorney owner of a neurotic weimaraner who loves it's Busy Bee.

Double sided original US one sheet.

T.O.
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