My Poster Problem | 8 1/2

by twhalliii
February 15, 2009 6:35 AM
7 Comments
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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...

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7 Comments

  • Tom Garrett | March 12, 2009 9:44 AMReply

    This is an awesome poster, absolutely brilliant! OCD , hust kicked in... I just ordered one,oh well! The basics I will go with out.... food, shelter and transpo , but will have a beautiful inspiration to obtain aforementioned.;)

  • Nick | February 19, 2009 6:48 AMReply

    I kind of feel like a fucking idiot right now, but I was at the Regal Lincolnshire theaters in Bufallo Grove, Il about six months ago, and out of nowhere, I saw that original Balthazar poster in their display (along with Tropic Thunder and other current releases). I thought it was extraordinarily odd, but I didn't even think it was the original apperantly very expensive and rare poster. I thought perhaps they were accidentally shipped a Rialto re-release poster and some inexperienced teenager put it up, but given than it was a folded poster, and looks exactly like the original poster, I'm thinking maybe I'll give them a call and see if they know what they have (if they still have it.)

  • Allen Blank | February 18, 2009 10:51 AMReply

    I've been collection and decorating my room with movie posters and lobby cards since 1975 when my dad found a movie poster shop on 8th Ave NYC. My first poster was of Woddy Allen's Sleeper, which in fact about 17 years later I gave to a friend who loved the film better. My next was Blazing Saddles. Now being a kid I put up these posters with a stapler so ware and tear did a lot of damage to them. I would continue to collect posters even after that 8th avenue shop close, usually from sci-fi conventions and collector shows. Then about eight years ago, my mom died and I took over the house. So I decided to decorate the living room, hallways and even the bathroom in posters. But now being older I decided to start framing the posters and lobby cards. I also bought a lot more over Moviegoods.com, movie poster.com and other internet sites. From ebay I got some good deals, like "Me Natalie, and Mrs. Pollifax Spy" for only a dollar a piece. I even got a vintage poster of the double feature of Walt Disney's Jungle book and the film I saw with it, "Charlie The Lonesome Cougar' for only ten dollars.

    But now 8 months ago I got married and my wife didn't want the house decorated in poster. She is fine in my decorating my audio/visual room in posters and lobby cards, as well as the ajoining hallway, and also the downstairs bathroom, where the A/Vroom is, and also let me put four poster framed in our bedroom. She's been kind, but now I still have quite a few poster and lobby cards, and not that many places to put them. Hopefully I will find places toput them soon, or maybe be able to give them to someone who can use them.

  • Deanna | February 18, 2009 9:24 AMReply

    We have some great originals if you're looking for that kind of stuff.
    www.movieposter.com

  • ed | February 18, 2009 8:54 AMReply

    For those that haven't been bitten by the bug yet but want to know more... go to the FREE reference website LearnAboutMoviePosters.com for hundreds of articles all about poster collecting and their archive CinemaPosterArchive.com which has over 70,000 posters documented and cross referenced that is FREE to the public.. IMDB has a link to a lot of them under each title in the poster section to LAMP-Cinema Poster Archive. Check out some of the posters from countries like Poland, Italy and Egypt - fantastic artwork!!

    BEWARE!! it gets ADDICTIVE!!

  • Chris | February 18, 2009 8:33 AMReply

    Hey, I am a fan of movie posters as well. This looks like it will be interesting.

    I was wondering if you would share some of your sources for out-of-print and rare posters. Currently I'm looking for some original Russ Meyer posters, but as of yet have had no luck.

    Keep up the collection!

  • Marcus Tee | February 18, 2009 7:41 AMReply

    I'll stick with the ones I can get digitally off the InterWeb.