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.

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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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BULLWINKLE ANIMATION CEL (c. 1980) - I'm not sure when this was done, but I acquired it in a trade in the early 1980s, and it has "Jay Wards Production, Inc." stamped in the lower right corner. I believe these were sold out of the little shop Jay had on Sunset Blvd.

A wonderful image of Moose and Squirrel, with arch enemies, Boris and Natasha up to their usual antics.

T.O.

KAGEMUSHA (1980) - Akira Kurosawa returns to filmmaking with a little help from Francis Coppola and George Lucas. Telling the tale of a "shadow warrior," a thief is enlisted to become a double for a slain warlord. While not Kurosawa's finest work, it's a welcome return not only to the samurai genre, but also to a stunning burst of creativity that will last over a decade.

Original Japanese release posters.

Trade Only (T.O.)

RAGING BULL (1980) - Martin Scorsese directs one of the best films of his stellar career, as Robert de Niro gives a master's class in acting. Filmed in glorious black and white, "RB" is a stunning achievement in filmmaking and artistic drive, particularly in the corporatized world of the '80s.

This is an original release teaser, that was reportedly used for wilding in New York City. Essential part of any collection.

T.O.

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) - Skywalker Senior is put to dramatic use in this original release US advance one sheet.

Despite the cheat, non-ending (it is a partial homage to serials after all), George Lucas is able to come up with a very worthy - and successful - sequel to "Star Wars." There's no doubt, this poster was an ideal way to get the fans amped up for the return of Vader.

T.O.

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) - The notorious "Gone With the Wind" style of one sheet, this had to be discontinued after Billy Dee Williams objected to being left off the poster, as clearly Lando Calrissian was an essential part of the story.

[**crickets**]

Be that as it may, it's still a classic "Star Wars" poster.

T.O.

DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, THE (1981) - Penelope Spheeris' staggering documentary on the beginnings of the L.A. punk rock scene is a magic blend of cinema verite and being in the absolute right place, at the absolute right time. Essential performers and performances are documented, including poor, soon-to-be-dead Darby Crash, Alice Bag, Fear, and of course the best rock band in the world, "X".

This original release Italian 2 panel is the perfect format, Darby is literally bigger than life.

T.O.

ART OF THE MOVIE MINIATURE (1982) - Timed to coincide with Coppola's "One from the Heart," this exhibition of special effects models, featured miniatures from "OftH," armatures from King Kong, "CE3K" spaceships, and many other tiny treats.

The mothership hovers over a downtown Los Angeles skyline that hasn't existed for a long time. Original release.

T.O.

FITZCARRALDO (1982) - Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski once again tear up the jungles of Peru, telling the story of a man who wants to bring grand opera to the middle-of-nowhere, and who needs to haul a steamboat over a mountain to do it. Hard to see why this story would attract Herzog...

While the production was troubled to say the least, in the end it was worth it. The film is a triumph for all involved.

This original release German advance has what I think is the best artwork for the film. The ship, as enshrouded in fog as Fitzcarraldo's dream, haunts his every step.

T.O.

STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE JEDI (1983) - Eventually understanding that Jedis would never stoop so low as to seek "revenge," all parties agreed that "Revenge of the Jedi" would be a terrible name, so it was switched to "Return of the Jedi." Unfortunately, these posters had already been printed and were out in the world. Like the "ESB" advance, it features a prominent image of Skywalker Sr., with a bonus scene of the fateful fight with junior.

Rolled, with perfect provenance, this was bought by me at Borst's shop in Hollywood at the time the title was changed, and I've had it ever since.

T.O.

STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983) - Note the different advance poster you get when you go from "Revenge" to "Return." No longer dark and brooding, it's now goodness and light, as if there was a new hope for the rebellion.

Original US release.

T.O.

RAN (1985) - Whatever problems Kurosawa had with his filmmaking are put to rest as he takes on Shakespeare and "King Lear." It is as magnificent as "Seven Samurai," with stunning cinematography, and a performance from Nakadai Tatsuya that would have Olivier asking for pointers.

These are the original Japanese release, "fire" and "storm" styles.

T.O.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986) - John Carpenter and Kurt Russell at the top of their games in this woefully misunderstood work of genius. Only now moving beyond cult status.

Original US release one sheet with Drew Struzan artwork that perfectly captures the character of everyman hero, Jack Burton. Him.

T.O.

BLUE VELVET (1986) - Coming off the success of "Elephant Man," David Lynch was able to make this intensely personal film that is unquestionably in the top ten films of the decade. The risky (and perfect) casting of Dennis Hopper as human nightmare Frank Booth gave Hopper a chance to rehabilitate his career, while delivering the performance of a lifetime.

Rolled, original release one sheet.

T.O.

BLUE VELVET (aka VELLUTO BLU) (1986) - While most "BV" material is fairly standard, the Italians took their artwork to a whole new level. Apparently based on a scene in a poolroom (see below), Dorothy Valens is never actually depicted anywhere near like this. This graphic comes from the artist and marketing department, who were apparently very sick puppies. You have to admit though, in a very lurid and twisted way it works - just like the movie.

Original release Italian 2 panel.

T.O.

BLUE VELVET (aka VELLUTO BLU) (1986) - This is an original release Italian photobusta.

Showing the infamous "pooltable" scene, where Frank pummels an unlucky patron while topless skanks look on, the scene was cut from the final movie. How it ended up in the Italian photobusta set is anybody's guess, however, there's no doubt it is an essential "BV" piece.

T.O.

FULL METAL JACKET (1987) - Stanley Kubrick does the Vietnam war. The film suffered comparisons to "Apocalypse Now," but if taken as a work of it's own, it is equally as brilliant, albeit significantly different. Private Pyle and his comrades are Kubrick's window into just how we are able to dehumanize not only our enemies, but ourselves.

This is a rolled, original release one sheet. I prefer these with the MPAA rating, it is definitely harder to find rolled. Allegedly from a Warner Bros. executive, fwiw.

T.O.
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