March 2, 2012

FILM NOIR: FRENCH POSTER STYLE, PART TWO!

Back today with another batch of French posters for classic American crime and film noir movies. Again, most of these are in the French Grande size, 47" x 63", a truly spectacular format! If you enjoy the posters, please consider following the blog. To view the first batch, click here

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The Lodger


This Gun for Hire


Touch of Evil


The Maltese Falcon


The Desperate Hours


The Detective


The Glass Key

Key Largo

The Big Sleep


Notorious

Dead Reckoning 


Saboteur 


Scarlet Street 


The Two Mrs. Carrolls


Vertigo 


White Heat 


Woman in Hiding

10 comments:

  1. A fascinating collection of posters, with a wide range of artwork and style. I think it is a tie between "The Lodger" and "Dead Reckoning" for favorite. However, I'd give "Touch of Evil" another look based on this poster.

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  2. Nice! 'Tho I do wonder who the guy is with Bogart in the Maltese Falcon poster.

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  3. Thanks for the comments! I'm with you Bill, that can only be Peter Lorre, but the illustration doesn't quite seem right.

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  4. Love these posters, particularly the Lodger and Scarlet Street. Of course, Scarlett Street is one of my favorite noirs.

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  5. These are terrific! I like the European posters so much better than the original American ones.

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  6. Wonderful selection. I am curious where did you find these? Very nice, thank you. Vince

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  7. The color is astounding. After years of seeing more muted reproductions of many classic posters in art books (one assumes from collected posters that have faded, if only slightly, over the years), are we coming around to the understanding that these old posters were in fact much more bold and bright and vivid than we assumed? Nostalgia seems to put a haze over the past.

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  8. Sean, thanks for that post. Here at my university I am able to work closely with our collection of more than 1,600 vintage French posters (most are art noveau and art deco era advertising posters, very few are film posters). Color is always an interesting notion; in a few instances we have multiple copies of a single design, with colors that vary wildly from print to print. In the case of the film posters here, I'm making an educated guess at what the colors would have looked like when the poster was originally printed, though I always err on the side bright and vivid colors. Remember also that the colors on your monitor are illuminated rather than printed, and thus have a big advantage. Also, paintings are prints in coffee table books are typically unretouched, and I go to town on the things I post here :-). Thanks again, I love talking about these things!

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  9. Nice on-line exhibit. Gotta say, though, the French poster artists weren't a patch on what the Italians and Belgians were at the time, in this genre.

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