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400 BLOWS, THE [LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS] (1959)
400 BLOWS, THE [LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS] (1959) $450.00 SOLD

Vintage original 9 x 11" (23 x 28 cm.) double weight photo, France. Jean-Pierre Leaud, dir: Francois Truffaut; Cocinor. The young Antoine Doinel (Leaud) and his best friend Rene Bigey (Patrick Auffay) as they prepare to steal a movie photo of the voluptuous Gianna Maria Canale in the well-known classic Theodora, Slave Empress.

This is the earliest image that I can think of in movie history that involves the collecting (well, in this case, that starts with stealing) of movie posters and photos. There are some minor signs of handling, with a few small marginal pinholes and creases, there...

ALPHAVILLE (1965)
ALPHAVILLE (1965) $300.00 SOLD

Vintage original 9 1/2 x 12" (24 x 31 cm.) pressbook, France. Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, dir: Jean-Luc Godard; Athos Films.

Godard's dystopian science-fiction film in which the character Lemmy Caution (played by Eddie Constantine, who had played this role in many French B-movie crime films directed by others) finds himself in a futuristic world controlled by a tyrant.

Oblong 4to, pictorial wrappers, 8 pp., with a 5 pp. supplement laid-in; folded once vertically, VERY GOOD+.

ATLANTIQUE, LATITUDE 41° [A NIGHT TO REMEMBER] (1958)
ATLANTIQUE, LATITUDE 41° [A NIGHT TO REMEMBER] (1958) $1,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 30 x 46" (78 x 117 cm.) poster, France. Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman, Anthony Bushell, dir: Roy Ward Baker; Rank Organisation. There have been several fine depictions on film of the epic tragedy of RMS Titanic, this one based on Walter Lord's definitive book. Even with the most recent epic film telling, critics still consider this "the definitive cinematic telling of the story," (Heyer 2012, p.104). Because many of the survivors were living when the book and film were made, exact accuracy could be achieved and the film was made in order of sequence.

In...

AU HASARD, BALTHASAR (1966)
AU HASARD, BALTHASAR (1966) $0.00 SOLD

Vintage original 5 x 7" (13 x 18 cm.) photo, France. Anne Wiazemsky, dir: Robert Bresson; Argos Films. Original French behind-the-scenes photo showing Marie (Wiazemsky), with the merchant (Pierre Klosssowki, famous writer and visual artist---this is one of only six films in which he appeared as actor) as lights and sound are being set up. With production company stamp on verso, FINE

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BEN-HUR (1959)
BEN-HUR (1959) $500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 63 x 46" (157 x 115 cm.) affiche poster, France. Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O' Donell, Sam Jaffe, dir: William Wyler: MGM. The epic multiple Oscar-winning MGM remake of their silent epic of a Jewish prince sent into slavery by a Roman friend at the time of Christ. Judah Ben-Hur comes back for revenge in the climatic chariot race.

The French artist has chosen to depict the moment between Charlton Heston as Ben-Hur with his team of white horses overcoming Stephen Boyd as Messalla with his black horses. Poster is...

BREATHLESS [À BOUT DE SOUFFLE] (1960)
BREATHLESS [À BOUT DE SOUFFLE] (1960) $500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 9" (31 x 24 cm.) pressbook, France. Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo, dir: Jean-Luc Godard; SNC. The film that, more than any other, launched the French New Wave and the career of its director and its two stars. Belmondo won international acclaim in the role of a two-bit gangster, and Seberg was unforgettable as an utterly immoral young American woman in Paris.

Pictorial wrappers, 4to, 4 pp., with a 2 pp. supplement laid-in, a few scattered small pinholes and one marginal tear, VERY GOOD-FINE.

Bunuel, Luis / UN CHIEN ANDALOU [AN ANDALUSIAN DOG] (1929; 1968)
Bunuel, Luis / UN CHIEN ANDALOU [AN ANDALUSIAN DOG] (1929; 1968) $500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 47 x 32" (120 x 82 cm.) half grande poster, France. Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali, Jaime Miravilles, dir: Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí; Les Grands Films Classiques.

When Luis Buñuel's debut film, which he co-created with fellow Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí, premiered in Paris in 1929, it was a private showing at a cine-club. This poster, with its montage of archival images from the movie (including the legendary image of the woman's eyeball being slit), is for the movie's first theatrical release anywhere, in 1968.

Folded, with minor creasing at folds, JUST ABOUT FINE.

CLAUDE CHABROL / Collection of 7 French pressbooks
CLAUDE CHABROL / Collection of 7 French pressbooks $200.00 SOLD

All in pictorial wrappers, 13 x 9 1/2" (33 x 24 cm.) or smaller, generally VERY GOOD+ or better:

  • LE BEAU SERGE (1958). 4 pp. Chabrol's first feature.
  • DOUBLE TOUR [LEDA / WEB OF PASSION] (1959) 8 pp.
  • LANDRU (1963) 8,1 pp. Chabrol's version of the story of Bluebeard.
  • MARIE-CHANTAL CONTRE LE. DR. KAH (1965). 2 pp. One of a few secret agent films Chabrol did during a brief early lull in his career (he apparently had great fun while doing them).
  • LA ROUTE DE CORINTHE [WHO'S GOT THE BLACK BOX?] (1967) 4 pp. Another spy movie, this one Chabrol's only...

CUL-DE-SAC (1966)
CUL-DE-SAC (1966) $350.00 SOLD

London: Compton Films, 1966. Vintage original French pressbook, 9 x 12" (23 x 30 cm.) for the 1966 film. Roman Polanski's third film, and second film in English, from a screenplay by Polanski and his frequent collaborator, Gerard Brach. Compared since its release to Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett in terms of tone and theme, Cul-de-sac is a psychological thriller of the first order, exploring themes of horror, frustrated sexuality, and alienation -- concepts the director has mined and evolved for decades with great invention.

A striking illustrated design appropriated from the original poster artwork, with stark photographic images from the...

DIABOLIQUE [LES DIABOLIQUES] (1955) Vintage original pressbook, France.
DIABOLIQUE [LES DIABOLIQUES] (1955) Vintage original pressbook, France. $300.00 SOLD

12 x 9 ½” (31 x 24 cm.), 6 pp., just about fine.

Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot; Cinedis.  Masterpiece of suspense and horror.  With illustrations on back outer cover of poster and promotional art for the film.     

DIABOLIQUE [LES DIABOLIQUES] (1955) Vintage original promotional book, France
DIABOLIQUE [LES DIABOLIQUES] (1955) Vintage original promotional book, France $450.00 SOLD

Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot; Cinedis.  12 x 9 ½” (31 x 24 cm.), 8 pp., there is some rubbing and wear,  with one marginal tear, very good+.

Masterpiece of suspense and horror.  This book features wonderful artwork and photographic montages not present on any posters.         

DOUBLEPATTE ET PATACHON (ca. 1930)
DOUBLEPATTE ET PATACHON (ca. 1930) $2,000.00 SOLD

Vintage original 47 x 63" (120 x 160 cm.) grande affiche poster, France. A French stock poster for the Danish comedy team Pat and Patachon, who were popular from 1920 through the 1930s. They were immensely popular throughout Europe, and were an odd couple, something like Laurel and Hardy. This poster by Faria is one of the best examples of Art Deco film illustration that we have ever encountered. On linen, NEAR FINE.

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