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Starstruck: Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood Hardcover – February 9, 2010
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For four decades film historian Ira M. Resnick has been amassing a superb collection of 2,000 vintage movie posters and 1,500 stills, which has never before been published. Starstruck: Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood features the best of Resnick's collection, with vivid reproductions of 250 posters and forty stills from a golden age of Hollywood, from 1912 to 1962.
In a moving introduction, Resnick relates how his love of vintage movie art translated into a career as a collector and the founder of the Motion Picture Arts Gallery, the first gallery devoted exclusively to the art of the movies. Resnick's firsthand account offers entertaining anecdotes about how he managed to acquire such stellar film artwork, as well as historical information about the stars and films shown on the pieces he collected. Guiding the reader through the best posters and stills of his collection, Resnick provides a tour of cinematic history, starting in the silent film era and continuing up to Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). By showcasing several posters for each performer--such as Lillian Gish, the Marx Brothers, Marilyn Monroe, John Barrymore, and Audrey Hepburn--Resnick offers a unique method of charting the evolution of each movie star's career. Offering both a chronological and thematic organization, in later chapters Resnick discusses some of Hollywood's legendary directors and films, and critiques fantastic graphic art from little-known films. Bonus material includes a list of Resnick's fifty favorite one-sheets, helpful tips for the collector, and a glossary of terms and poster sizes. A must-have book for every collector and film buff, Starstruck offers a beautifully illustrated, personal tour of a bygone age of the motion picture advertising industry.
About the Author
Author Ira M. Resnick started his impressive collection while studying at New York University Film School. A professional photographer, he founded the Motion Picture Arts Gallery, the first gallery devoted exclusively to the art of the movies. Resnick is a trustee of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and served as chairman of the board from 1999 to 2005. Resnick is also a trustee of the International Center for Photography and MUSE Film and Television. He resides in New York City with his wife and two children.
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Though his collection numbers in the thousands, he has chosen 285 posters, lobby cards and publicity photos to present in this book. I expected to find the usual images I see in the many movie history books and at collectors' shows. Not so! The usual lobby card from the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup isn't here. In its place is one I've never seen. The same goes for films like It Happened on Night, The Lady Eve, and My Man Godfrey. The posters in the book cover the period from the silents (in this case 1912) through Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1962 - though the late 50s and early 1960s are not highly represented. The first 40 pages, or so, contain essays on how Resnick began collecting, illustrated by some of his favorites. The following two chapters are presented chronologically with The Silents first and then separate chapters for the men an women of the later films. Each image is identified by size, date and country of origin (the graphic designers are not provided). And Resnick provides brief essays on the stars. Then we move on to posters grouped by Director and one on the most famous films. Finally there is a small grouping of beautiful posters for lesser-known (and in y cases "Lost") films. A bibliography and index complete the book.
Since these images are being published - in most cases - for the first time, there will be many new discoveries for vintage film poster collectors, and film lovers in general. And, while not a reference book for theater facts - Resnick admits that he is is not a film scholar - the text is lively and entertaining.