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Movie Posters

October 28th, 2006 (12:34 pm)

I was over at Lincoln Center a few days ago to see The Phantom Carriage (1921; dir. Victor Sjöstrom). That came across as a very dark A Christmas Carol, and I'm still mulling over what I saw, but I wanted to mention the posters on display in the small gallery next to the Walter Reade Theater.

There's a Hungarian film festival going on at Walter Reade (Resistance and Rebirth: Hungarian Cinema, 50 Years after '56; starting, I think, last night); and, as part of that, the film society has on loan several posters from the Ernst Gallery in Budapest. The posters are from both silents and early / not-so-early talkies (up to 1945). While most of the movies aren't well known today, the posters are beautiful, and even more rare because sometimes as few as 5-10 of these posters would be created for a specific run (Hungarian is a fairly geographically limited language, or so I'm told). They seem to come from the same lithographic process that any other poster of the time did, and they're just wonderful to look at.

The Man with Nine Fingers, 1917
Hungarian title: Manden med de ni fingre
Graphic artist: Kiss
126 x 95 cm
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This was the first time I've seen posters in the flesh, and now I've seen why they're so collectible.

To see the gallery's collection:

Silents: http://www.ernstgaleria.hu/english/posters_n1.html

Sound: http://www.ernstgaleria.hu/english/posters_h1.html

And if you're around New York in November, there's going to be Vertov at Walter Reade:

Dziga and His Brothers: A Film Family on the Cutting Edge
Nov 17 - 26
This will be a rare opportunity to see screenings of some of Dziga Vertov's masterworks. We are also proud to include Mikhail Kaufman's rarely seen In Spring, his first solo effort after going off on his own, as well as examples of Boris Kaufman's work in France and America.