By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall February 15, 2009 at 6:35AM
I have a little thing for movie posters. It began back in 1998, when I read an online profile about a man who packs up the cream of his movie poster collection in Paris and sets up shop in an empty storefront at the Cannes Film Festival every year. I grabbed a couple of minutes in the middle of the festival and sought out his shop; it was pretty amazing. You couldn't walk in and not want to take home some movie history, so I picked up three posters for about $400. Since that time, off and on, I have acquired posters from friends at film companies or, due to some interesting circumstance at work, have had the chance to get my hands on a few things, and now, the walls of our little Park Slope apartment have become a little cramped with posters. This Christmas, I was given a copy of the beautiful new coffee table book called The Art of The Modern Movie Poster and a gift certificate to Posteritati, not only the amazing store and gallery from which a few of my posters have come, but also the home to the collection featured in the book.
And yet, despite us running out of space, I still want a few more. The holy grails for me? This original French poster from 1966 for Au hasard Balthazar (I love this poster and this movie so much) and the amazing Irma Vep poster I saw on the walls at the Zeitgeist offices that looks just like the new DVD cover (only huge... I have this original Zeitgeist poster for this film above my desk and it, and the film, are a personal favorite.)
Anyway, since I am truly buried in work as we lock up the final program for the Sarasota Film Festival (March 27- April 5, 2009), I thought it might be fun to have a seres of posts showing some of the crappy pictures I took of my movie posters. I need to take them down and take better shots, the glare and light reflected in the frames is a killer, but this was a fun way to spend ten minutes one afternoon as I failed to learn how to properly use my new camera lens (better at it now, I suppose...)
So, let's begin at the beginning, with the original 1963 French poster for Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, which I picked up in Cannes on my first trip to the poster shop back in 1998. I got this one for a couple hundred bucks and it is now framed and linen backed, sitting above the couch in the living room. Like it? Get your own copy here. More of these in the coming days until we get Sarasota off and running...