Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Movie Poster Art

The Art of the Poster "A collection of hand painted gems conjures old Hollywood". Excerpts from an article written by Jeffrey Simpson for the Architectural Digest, November 2008 issue. Posters from the Herb Bridges Collection.

  • Unlike most theaters, which used printed posters sent to them by the movie studios, Loew's Grand Theatre (pictured in 1932) on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, kept two artists on staff, Charles Reese Collier and Sid Smith. They made posters (unique works of art, really) with chalk and paint for each new film.

  • Undercurrent 1946 - Starring Katherine Hepburn, Robert Taylor and Robert Mitchum.

  • Knight Without Armor 1937 - Starring Marlene Dietrich and Robert Donat.

  • The Yearling 1946 - Starring Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills and Forrest Tucker.

  • The Red House 1947 - Starring Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson, Rory Calhoun and Allene Roberts.

    Major Pepperidge said...

    Wow, these are amazing... look at those vivid colors! Hard to believe that they survived all these years.

    Davelandweb said...

    Fantastic art...and a lost art as well. The posters today look like crap in comparison.

    Heidi Ann said...

    What beautiful artwork! I saw "Undercurrent" just once years ago on TV late at night - it was a GREAT movie! Have you seen it?