Many well-known artists have contributed to the production of film posters. They are important artistically and historically as well as being visually stimulating
- and many have become valuable.
American Vintage Movie Posters
American poster history began around 10 later than in France (see Vintage French Movie Posters),
when in 1900 the American Entertainment Co circulated a poster showing a movie audience thrilling to an onscreen brass
band. The movie posters were designed to appeal to the immigrant masses while the upper class were still attending plays and symphonies.
The Great Depression changed the separation of classes and strengthened the Hollywood studios. Most well know studios had
graphic artists and advertising executives. After WWII studios lost their economic base and things shifted once again.
Now is your opportunity to collect vintage American movie posters at a reasonable price and preserve movie history in the making.
French Vintage Movie Posters
In 1982 the first film poster, Pantomimes Lumineuses, was
created by master poster artist, Jules Chéret. It represents the projected images of Columbine and Pauvre Pierrot
animated by Emile Reynaud’s Praxinoscope before an audience at the Musée Grévin.
The job of the poster was to capture a film's essence at a glance or more precisely to magnify that essence.
At a glance or more precisely to magnify that essence beyond all reason.
Find your favorite vintage French movie
German Movie Posters
In the cinema, German Expressionism was characterized by a group of films made during the years following WWI
up until the advent of National Socialism. There was a small percentage of the total film output at
the time, but nevertheless the films major interest was social reform.
The average number of films produced each year was about 2100.
Look at the vintage German movie posters and see how political upheaval
influenced there designs.
Italian Vintage Movie Posters
On September 3, 1942 Italy unconditionally surrendered to the Allies and with the fall of Musolini, anti-Fascists from all
walks of life were united in the struggle to liberate Italy from German Occupation. After the war, film makers rejected
old conventions and placed themselves at the service of their newly-liberated country to present life as it really was.
The Neo-Realism began, and you can say that vintage Italian movie posters
began with Roberto Rossellini's Romas, Citta Aperta (1945).
Mexican Vintage Movie Posters
Mexico had a great movie industry but really wasn't recognized because it was overshadowed by Hollywood, CA in the U.S.
It began in the Silent Era and based much of its early films on themes from the Mexican Revolution.
With Hispanic actors receiving recognition of their work in the US as well as in Mexico, this country's movies and
vintage Mexican movie posters
are enjoying re-discovery.
Russian Vintage Movie Posters
The Art Nouveau and Expressionist movements had a negligible influence on the development of the Russian poster,
which at the time employed a predominantly folkloristic style derived from the traditional peasant lubok woodcarving.
It was not until 1908 when an avant-garde exhibition was held in St Petersburg, that the French and German Cubist and
Abstract exhibits provoked a transition in the Russian Aesthetic.
Artists sought a basis for producing a socially useful art of real materials in space,
similar to the work of the engineer. Film poster designs were based on the actual
techniques of film. It was felt that the new world of the masses "...needs Constructivism because it needs
fundamentals that are deceit." The Leningrad Central Cultural organization (Proletkult) recognized Constructivism as
the authoritative style. Now you can see history unfold through
vintage Russian movie posters.