Harrison Ford has played a wide variety of characters in his career, most like Han Solo, Indian Jones, and Richard Kimble would be described as beloved. But on other occasions, Ford has walked on the wild side such as in this film portraying Rick Deckard, the out of retirement blade runner tasked with capturing four escaped bioengineered beings. Directed by Ridley Scott following his breakout success with Alien the film remains a cult classic. In 1992, a Director’s Cut of the film was released. A Director’s Cut is the way the film was meant to appear before the studio deleted scenes that were deemed offensive, or made the film run too long. This is a two side poster.
The 1960’s was an era of pushing the envelope. Tried and true formulas were pushed beyond the breaking point. In film, this new wave manifested itself in non-traditional leading characters, non-traditional topics like sex and violence, and film directors who explored new ways of film making. Like many artists they were often a challenge to work with. It was the time of auteur theory in film. Sam Peckinpah was just such a director and The Wild Bunch his masterpiece. The story of an aging gang of outlaws in 1913 south Texas confronting a changing culture and their own mortality, the film is ranked as the 6th greatest western of all time. This is the original poster for the film.
Those of us old enough remember recognize the 1950’s as the heyday of horror films. Almost weekly a new feature would arrive featuring invading aliens, gigantic bugs, or terrifying monsters of the night. By the early 1960’s horror films had stepped up in class adding color, better special effects and mainstream production values. One of the best of this new wave of horror films is Mario Bava’s Black Sunday. Starring the leading lady of horror, Barbara Steele, the film was based on the Russian Nikolai Gogol’s short story Vy. Filmed in Italy the film was imported to the US by American International where is met with great success. This is the original US release poster for the film.
One of the most controversial films of all time, Bonnie and Clyde is regarded as a classic by most. The extraordinary cast of Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons and Gene Wilder burst into prominence with this film – it being only the second film for Dunaway, Hackman and Parsons, while being Wilder’s first film. Recognized for its violence and frank portrayal of sexual issues, the film tells the story of the Clyde Barrow gang who terrorized the mid-west in the darks days of the 1930’s depression. This is the original poster for the film.
Douglas Trumbull was a special effects wizard, gaining lasting fame for his work on Kubrick’s 2001, A Space Odyssey. In 1972 when environmentalism was in its infancy and ‘post-apocalyptic’ seemed a newly coined phrase, Trumbull directed Silent Running. It stars Bruce Dern as the chief botanist on a biosphere in orbit of Saturn. All plant life on Earth has been destroyed so biospheres were created to nurture new stock grown from seed banks awaiting the opportunity to be returned to Earth and reforestation. When business decisions condemn the biosphere project, Dern takes the initiative to save his biosphere. At times funny, at times very sad, Silent Running remains a cult classic.
John Frankenhiemer’s classic cold war thriller tells the story of a brain washed American veteran played by Laurence Harvey, programmed by the Communist Chinese to kill the president of the United States. Frank Sinatra stars as an Army investigator and Harvey’s war time friend but Angela Lansbury steals the film in her portrayal on Harvey’s opportunistic, communist hating mother. Film critic Roger Ebert ranked The Manchurian Candidate as an exemplary “Great Film,” declaring that it is “inventive and frisky, takes enormous chances with the audience, and plays not like a ‘classic’ but as a work as alive and smart as when it was first released.”
Otto Preminger and controversy were never far apart. In The Man With the Golden Arm he confronts the subject of drug addiction, a subject so controversial in 1955 American that the film was released without approval. Telling the story of a musician, jailed for drug use, who tries to come clean but fails, the film stared Frank Sinatra and Eleanor Parker. Saul Bass, who worked with Preminger often, created one of his most famous images for this film, that of the paper cutout of the heroin addict’s arm. Saul Bass’s imagery was so powerful that when the film was re-released in 1960, a new full color poster was created. This is the 1960 re-release version.
Long a favorite, Gaston Laroux’s novel “The Phantom of the Opera” has been filmed many times with Lon Chaney’s 1925 silent version being thought to be the best. In fact, this 1962 version came about because of the success of Universal Studio’s film, “Man with a 1000 Faces” the story of Lon Chaney. Produced by 1960’s horror film specialist, Hammer Studio’s this version was more romantic then the pure horror of the Chaney version.