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3 ORE PER UCCIDERE [THREE HOURS TO KILL] (1954)
3 ORE PER UCCIDERE [THREE HOURS TO KILL] (1954) $1,250.00

Vintage original 39 x 54" (99 x 137 cm.) due folio / 2-fogli poster, Italy. Dana Andrews, Donna Reed, Dianne Foster, Stephen Elliott, dir: Alfred L. Werker; Columbia. A taut Western in the revenge-drama genre about a cowboy accused of murder who hides out in the desert before going back to clear his name.

Italian film poster artist Anselmo Ballester has created beautiful portraits of Andrews and Reed and played up the romantic element of the story, their love haunted by the foreboding noose. On linen. VERY GOOD.

AMARE PER UCCIDERE [WICKED AS THEY COME] (1956)
AMARE PER UCCIDERE [WICKED AS THEY COME] (1956) $2,000.00

Vintage original 39 x 55" (100 x 140 cm.) due folio / 2-fogli poster, Italy. Arlene Dahl, Phillip Carey, Herbert Marshall, Michael Goodliffe, dir: Ken Hughes; Columbia. A vehicle for the beautiful Arlene Dahl, who was swathed in sexy clothes and placed in beautiful sets and did her best acting in the role of a girl who is set on rising from her job in a shirtwaist factory to the top -- letting nothing stand in her way... including murder.

The great Italian poster artist Anselmo Ballester has captured a tense moment from the film. On linen, VERY GOOD.

ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959)
ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959) $4,000.00

Vintage original 41 x 27" (104 x 69 cm.) one sheet poster, USA. James Stewart, George C. Scott, dir: Otto Preminger. This is one of the greatest of all of Saul Bass' movie posters, and I personally find it more perfectly laid out than his other great masterpiece, Vertigo. It is getting increasingly difficult to find a genuinely nice example of this poster, much less one which is unbacked and entirely unrestored, as this one is.

Folded, with a few scattered pinholes and some light creasing near the bottom of the poster, JUST ABOUT FINE.

ANNA KARENINA (1948)
ANNA KARENINA (1948) $2,000.00

Vintage original 55 x 78" (140 x 200 cm.) quattro foglio / 4-fogli poster, Italy. Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, dir: Julien Duvivier; Minerva. Art by Ercole Brini. I cannot imagine that there exists anywhere a better piece of artwork representing the magnificent Vivien Leigh than this moody piece of post-impressionist artwork by Ercole Brini.

On linen, with slight fold touch up, NEAR FINE.

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BETTE DAVIS IN STORM CENTER [ART BY SAUL BASS] PRESSBOOK (1956)
BETTE DAVIS IN STORM CENTER [ART BY SAUL BASS] PRESSBOOK (1956) $375.00

Vintage original 12 x 16” (30 x 40 cm.) pressbook, 16 pages, USA.  Bette Davis, Brian Keith, Kim Hunter, Paul Kelly, dir: Daniel Taradash; Columbia.  Saul Bass presented a unique ad campaign for this superb mature drama, which was a very apropos story at the time (and still very relevant in today’s political climate) about a small-town librarian who is branded as a communist by the local politicians, and thus, the townspeople when she will not withdraw a controversial book from the library’s shelves. The film was perfectly crafted in...

BONJOUR TRISTESSE (1958)
BONJOUR TRISTESSE (1958) $300.00

Set of eight (8) vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby cards, USA. Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Jean Seberg, Mylene Demongeot, Geoffrey Horne, Juliette Greco, dir: Otto Preminger; Columbia. One of the great auteur Preminger's most unusual, experimental films. A wonderful character study with the luminescent Jean Seberg playing a 17-year-old girl with a rich playboy father who is about to marry a woman from his past, and her displeasure with that. The original novel was by 17-year-old Francoise Sagan, and with superb acting and Preminger's creative handling (told much in color flashback scenes, with present day...

CHINATOWN /ANSEL ADAMS ART PUBLICATION PROOF (1974)
CHINATOWN /ANSEL ADAMS ART PUBLICATION PROOF (1974) $350.00

Vintage original 9 ½ x 8” (24 x 20 cm) black and white double weight glossy print still photo, USA. Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, dir: Roman Polanski; Paramount. A retouched publication production photo of the art which Ansel Adams created for the poster and print ads for this noir style film which exposed the political corruption of 1930s Los Angeles.  Now considered a perfect script, there were many egos ablaze during production, but, from the chaos, a classic film was made. A rare piece of art...

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

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...

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

Vintage original 30 x 40" (76 x 102 cm.) quad poster, UK. Donald Pleasance, Lionel Stander,Francoise Dorleac, dir: Roman Polanski; Compton Films. Polanski's third feature, a masterpiece of surreal black comedy -- a murderous gangster invades the island home of an already-dysfunctional married couple, with hilarious and horrifying results.

This original British poster for this classic British film is a famous surreal design by Polanski's contemporary, Polish film maker and graphic designer Jan Lenica. Reissues as well as later bootleg reprints of this poster have turned up, but they do not utilize the full color scheme of this famous '60s design.

Folded,...

DESTINAZIONE BUDAPEST [ASSIGNMENT: PARIS] (1952)
DESTINAZIONE BUDAPEST [ASSIGNMENT: PARIS] (1952) $2,000.00

Vintage original 55 x 78" (140 x 200 cm.) quattro folio / 4-fogli poster, Italy. Dana Andrews, Marta Toren, George Sanders, Audrey Totter, dir: Robert Parish; Columbia. Documentary-type film set during the Cold War about a scheming American reporter (Dana Andrews) stationed in Paris and set in the offices of foreign embassies.

The poster artist Anselmo Ballester has chosen to focus on the dark, cold war and thriller atmosphere of the story with his portraiture of Andrews, Marta Toren and a menacing police force at night. The Italian title refers to the storyline wherein both reporters (Andrews as Jimmy and Toren...

DIE KEUSCHE SUSANNE [GIRL IN THE TAXI] (1926)
DIE KEUSCHE SUSANNE [GIRL IN THE TAXI] (1926) $2,500.00

Vintage original 37 x 49" (94 x 124 cm.) poster, Germany. Lillian Harvey, Ruth Weyher, Willy Fritsch, Wilhelme Bendow, Sascha Bragowa, Werner Fuetterer, Jean Gilbert, dir: Richard Desvallieres; Richard Eichberg-Film GmbH/UFA. By poster artist Robert Schmidt.

Lillian Harvey, British-born but brought up in Germany, became a sweetheart of German cinema in this, her first film. Opera trained, she would go on to film a series of operetta type movies in the era of the early talking films, including some in Hollywood.

In this film she became teamed with Willy Fritsch, and they would go on to make 11 films together. They were...

DOMANDA DI GRAZIA [OBSESSION] (1954)
DOMANDA DI GRAZIA [OBSESSION] (1954) $1,500.00

Vintage original 54 x 74" (139 x 188 cm.) quattro foglio poster, Italy. Michèle Morgan, Raf Vallone, Marthe Mercadier, Jean Gaven, dir: Jean Delannoy; CEIAP.

An absolutely stunning portrait of the great film actress Michèle Morgan by artist Anselmo Ballester. A film noir-style based on the short story Silent as a Grave by Cornell Woolrich, and perhaps the best filmed version of this story. This version was set in a Parisian circus and told the story of how a woman attempts to save her husband, who is sentenced to death. French star Morgan enjoyed a successful run in Hollywood films during...

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