Reel Art: Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen

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Abbeville Press, 1988 - Antiques & Collectibles - 342 pages
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The four decades between 1910 and 1950 were the golden age of the American movie poster, an era when wonderful films wer promoted through the talents of legendary illustrators like Thomas Hart Benton, Norman Rockwell, Howard Chandler Christy and Jmes Montgomery Flagg, as well as a small army of unknowns. It was a time when big studios lavished fortunes on poster campaigns - from modest one-sheets posted on neighbourhood fences to the gargantuan forty-eight sheets that usurped entire sides of multi-storey buildings. Hollywood knew that the right image could seduce millions past the box office and into the theatre. Today such graphics fetch five-figure prices from collectors seeking a Casablanca or a King Kong.

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The value of old movie posters has soared, and the numerous stunning examples in this book show why. At their best, posters conveyed (and often surpassed) a film's promise of excitement to eager ... Read full review

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Stephen Rebello is the author of "Reel Art: Great Posters from the Golden Age of The Silver Screen"; he recently interviewed Gus Van Sant, the creator of the new" Psycho," for "Movieline," and is currently at work with Dan Auiler on an account of the making of "North by Northwest," He lives in Santa Monica, California.

Allen is Principal Lecturer in English at Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge.

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