This is a thread full of my kind of posters…pardon the pun.
I’m a collector on a small scale, and I gauge a poster’s merit strictly by appearance.
I don’t care about the title, but if a favorite film is represented by a beautiful poster,
I do think of that as the ultimate bonus.
I have always sought out Saul Bass’ graphic work in any form, Jaspar.
I have an Italian VERTIGO, and an insert for BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING, which might be the coolest
poster in my house right now.
I like inserts because often the dimensional restraints forced the graphic artists to be inventive
(just as with motion pictures!).
Largely speaking, I’m a rabid fan of posters from the golden era of illustration and graphic design.
Photo images are often abysmal failures (see: ANNIE HALL)
Some faves from my colection are an Italian FUNNY FACE,
and a very rare DR. JEKYLL and MR. HYDE (1941, with Bergman and Tracy).
The florid, watercolor image has Jekyyl crossing a footbridge back to his Kensington residence, while
Bergman in closeup worries in the foreground.
I have a Spanish I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG, and an Italian ON THE WATERFRONT,
which is the prettiest of them all, oddly enough.
For ahead-of-its-time graphic panache, it’s hard to beat the Belgian THIS GUN FOR HIRE.
I have a British version of Bunny Lake…it has the Saul Bass lettering but not the US torn doll image…it’s still a cool poster…the copy I have is really rough shape though (I think I bought it from a vendor at comic book convention!). I also got a 1-sheet of Exodus for $26(!) at a flea market. It had a lipstick stain in one corner (who knows!?!) but my wife (a librarian) was able to get it out with no harm to paper.
I’m sure everyone would agree, things like VERTIGO, ANATOMY OF A MURDER, WEST SIDE STORY and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM are the jewels in Saul Bass crown…(I’m not including those ultimate rarities like the unused one sheets for THE FIXER or SCHINDLER’S LIST)
It’s possible to make an end run, of sorts, around the expensive business of rare posters.
In the case of Saul Bass, for example, an original Anatomy of a Murder can be, well…murder.
But properly framed, the LP cover for the Duke Ellington soundtrack (Columbia Records)
which employs the Bass movie poster image is about as hip as you could ask.
It ain’t cheap, but it is certainly affordable.
The same holds for the extra groovy LP Casino Royale, or the minimalist and sophisticated LP jacket for
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold.
I didn’t realize Saul bass did the West Side Story poster, but when I think about it, it certainly makes sense.
freaky confession: I have virtually ALL of those Saul Bass soundtrack covers….not only the films we know, but the Broadway Cast recording of Golden Boy as well. And, yes, they’re framed. Most are Preminger films but there are few others…
The Man with the Golden Arm (2 of the 3 versions put out)
West Side Story
One Two Three
Bunny Lake is Missing
Anatomy of a Murder
Advise & Consent
In Harm’s Way
I have at least 200 boarded and bagged, none framed (too expensive and not enough wall space to choose) but some of my harder-to-find one’s are the advances of Star Wars, Superman (which was silver mylar and difficult to find in good condition), Empire Strikes Back Style B, Excalibur Style C etc. Some I have because they were pulled or discontinued, like Misery, Full Metal Jacket, Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Adventures of Baron Munchausen etc. I do have a couple nice portfolios of Peak (these are on heavy card stock) and Struzan (styles never approved or produced). I love my Greenaway quads though, 2001 collection and French La Reine Margot. Originally it started long ago because I wanted to get most of the ‘disaster’ movies of the 70s along the entrance hallway and then, hm…grew.
I really don’t care for the older canvas/linen backing so most classic one’s I appreciate are giclée reprints. Bass was amazing tho! have none unfortunately :(
I don’t have too many large posters, though I’m very happy with the poster to Kieslowski’s Three Colours: Red. It was the first thing I ever ordered online, a number of years ago.
More obscure: a HUGE marquee poster I purchased last year for the low-budget spy film Requiem for a Secret Agent. Expensive, but awesome. Just the title alone makes it worth it.
Or the poster to the low-budget horror film, The Vulture, which stars Akim Tamiroff and Broderick Crawford. In good condition, and a bargain at $25.00.
A great Japanese poster for Way of the Gun.
Speaking of Japanese posters, a friend of mine sent me all kinds of great little mini-posters from Japan for all kinds of films. The quality of artwork done on them is amazing. Maybe I’ll post a few here sometime.
Actually, here’s the Japanese mini poster to the film, City of God:
Very cool LP collection, Jaspar.
Here’s what I mean by the cleverness of insert posters:
Yes, those are COOL. I have one that size…The Cardinal
That Seconds design is creepy…I’m gonna try a fake cover LOL
Wow. I’m jealous. I don’t have enough money to spend on posters as well as films, so I only have La Dolce Vita hanging over my bed (yeah, a cliche choice, whatever). Anyone know of the best place to get them, preferably cheap?
i have to corral my road crew, but i’ll do it once they’re back from france. that would be a week from now. give ‘em a coupla days to time-adjust and you’ll have your wish.
WOW i got a hard on when i saw Christopher’s wall.
I’m sure I’m happy for Shadiqu, but that’s not exactly the result I’m desiring …
I’ve been thinking of getting a poster for my room, I’m not sure whether I want the Public Enemies one, a There Will Be Blood poster specifically the one that has a large profile of Plainview [without his hat], or possibly The Insider.
Oh my god, Christopher, I deeply, deeply envy your collection. Just staring at it left me breathless…
The only posters I own are for Blue Velvet, Vertigo and Edward Scissorhands.
I’m loving this thread, there’s some grand specimens on show. I’ve got a rather lowly collection compared to most – just one cheap reproduction All About Eve and a nice Wieslaw Walkuski designed Caravaggio. Where’s the best places to get your posters, particularly new releases? I’m terribly uninformed about this sort of thing.
Just stumbled upon these listings today and thought I’d be nice and share (no, I have nothing to do with the seller but I did buy a Le Petit Soldat poster from him a few months ago and they are original and good quality). But a lot of them are the large French size which are hard/expensive to frame.
Some amazing originals up for grabs (Godard, Truffaut, Tarkovsky, Bunuel, Rohmer and tons of other great ones from the 60s and 70s – French, Italian horror, Hollywood, some westerns, gangster, etc.)
I’ve got posters for Blue Velvet, Blade Runner, Pulp Fiction, Raising Arizona, A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Strangelove. All of them are 27×40′s but the Strangelove poster is 40×27.
I just started not too long ago, I’m going to be moving soon so I wanted to have some nice ones to make things look nice. I need to get more frames though.
Dear All: I’ve just moved to smaller quarters and cannot hang most of my large collection of movie posters. I’m therefore putting them up for sale to interested parties. Only a few are originals, with dates and code numbers, but all are framed in black metal or chrome and behind glass or Plexiglas:
MEDIUM SIZE OR LARGE POSTERS ($45-60)
Alfred Hitchcock – Museum of Modern Art 1999 (Hitch on rainy street with umbrella)
ANNIE HALL (1977)
APOCALYPSE NOW (1978) – original
THE BLUE ANGEL (1930) in German
Buster Keaton retrospective – London 1968
CHILDREN OF PARADISE (1944)
CITIZEN KANE (1941) (“It’s Terrific!”)
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971), re-release poster “R” rating
E.T: THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL (1982), re-release poster
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
L’AVVENTURA (1960) – original
LA NOTTE (1963) – original
Orson Welles – Chicago Film Festival 1978
ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS (1960)
VERTIGO (1958) – 2 different posters
SMALLER POSTERS AND LOBBY CARDS ($30-45)
THE BIRDS (1963) – 18” X 12”
IT (1927) w/ Clara Bow, the “It” Girl – 12” X “14”
ROME, OPEN CITY (1945), in Italian – 18” X 14”
MAE WEST – Museum of Modern Art 1977 (Mae West as the Statue of Liberty)
I don’t have many posters. But I recently got a nice La Dolce Vita poster, hanging opposite of my bed.
You have pretty awesome poster collection!
I have several nice original release posters including but not limited to:
The Birds Polish
North by Northwest Japanese
Red Shoes Japanese (Tatekan- 2 sheet)
Thief of Bagdad Japanese
Jules et Jim French Grande
Hallelujah German (Vidor film)
Blithe Spirit German poster by Unger
Rear Window Polish
Walking Dead Swedish
Schindler’s List (Saul Bass)
La Regle du Jeu (Rules of the Game -RR1945) French Petite
All these are extremely rare, with great graphics and most are in very fine condition.
Sami…is the Saul Bass Schindler’s list a repro or the REAL deal? If so, tha must be among the rarest of rare since it was nixed by Speilberg/Universal
Hi Jaspar, It is genuine. Now if only I can find one Magnificent Seven by Bass…
I AM JEALOUS
Damn Sami that’s amazing.
Anyway i’d pay good money for a Princess Mononoke poster. Easily my favorite Ghibli poster and probably my favorite Ghibli film.
Yeah Earthbound, that’s a nice poster although I am not into Japanese animes and ghiblis that much.