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The Genius of Ray Harryhausen in Posters

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The Guardian has published a small gallery of stunning movie posters celebrating the art and genius of legendary special effects master Ray Harryhausen. The images are from the soon-to-be-published "The Poster Art of Ray Harryhausen" by Richard Holliss now available for pre-order from Amazon. Here's just a small sampling of some of these wonderful posters, which really put Harryhausen's talent on display.

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First Movie Poster To Be Auctioned

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Jasmine Weber of hyperallergic reports on the upcoming sale of the very first poster to advertise a public film showing. The poster, created for the screening of a series of short films by the Lumière brothers in 1895, shows an audience crowding into a hall. The piece is part of a Sotheby's auction featuring rare posters on August 28. The pre-auction estimate for the poster is about $50,000 to $60,000 USD.  

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The Callgirl, The Cabinet Minister and The Chair

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Included in the June website update is a US one-sheet for the 1963 movie The Christine Keeler Affair. Many of us may know about (or maybe vaguely heard about) the Profumo Affair in the UK in the early 60s: Senior cabinet minister has an affair with a beautiful young woman who is also seeing a Soviet diplomat, a huge scandal ensues and the country can't get enough of the salacious details. In the very midst of what we would now call a media frenzy, a savvy operator signs Christine Keeler ("the woman" who, btw, only just died last year) to...

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Esquire's 50 Iconic Posters of the 1980s

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In a piece sure to cause at least some chatter among collectors, Esquire magazine has posted a gallery of what it says are the 50 most iconic movie posters of the 1980s. The gallery is organized chronologically, from 1980 to 1989. Not many surprises here, in fact many beautiful classics...but "Chariots of Fire?" Really? Here's a small sampling of the selected posters. Also, not surprisingly, most are sci-fi and horror. And here's a direct link to the gallery: https://www.esquire.com/uk/culture/g20678683/best-80s-movie-posters/?slide=1  

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Movie Poster Archive Goes Online

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The University of Texas at Austin has announced that a massive movie poster collection housed at the Harry Ransom Center is being digitized and is made available online. The archive numbers about 10,000 pieces in total. Four thousand of them have already been photographed and cataloged and will be added to the website in the coming months. At the moment, 500 posters are viewable online. The posters come in every size, from window cards to 24-sheets. The largest part of the archive comes from the Interstate Theatre Circuit Collection. The Interstate Circuit was one of the most significant Texas exhibition...

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