It’s time once again for my countdown of the most popular (the most “liked” and “reblogged”) posters on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr over the past three months. The most popular by far, and deservedly so, was this extraordinary 1920s Swedish poster for an adaptation of Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, which looks like some modern Mondo marvel. I had never seen it before it showed up on Heritage Auctions in March, where it sold for over $5000 (a steal). I’m not sure how Heritage dated the poster or divined which version of Hound of the Baskervilles this was for, since there are no acting or directing credits on the poster. They claim it for Richard Oswald’s 1929 German version though IMDb has a variant of the poster attached to a 1914 German adaptation. Whichever is correct, it is a remarkable design for the silent era and I would love to discover more by the same artist, though the poster is, sadly, unsigned.
Nipping at its heels is Jen Davies’ dreamy re-release poster for Blue Velvet, followed by Barbara Baranowska’s stunning 1981 French poster for Possession, which I posted to commemorate the tragic passing of director Andrzej Żuławski. And then there is a gorgeous Japanese Funny Face, proof that people love Audrey Hepburn in movie posters.
These and much more graphic goodness below, presented in descending order (though all gained at least 200 likes or reblogs).
Poster sources are all credited on Movie Poster of the Day; click on the titles above for more information.