Saturday, July 18, 2009
I love finding movie posters I have never seen before. My source is various internet sites whose burgeoning inventories never fail to delight. I re-purpose lots of movie posters for the Café Roxy Posters, on the DVDs I sell and on this blog. Finding specific and high quality posters has become much easier of late. For example, it only took seconds to find one for "Francis Goes to West Point."
This week I was researching "A Fig Leaf for Eve," an obscure public domain film currently on ebay, and found this poster. The poster isn't great, but it is the only image for the film that I could find anywhere. At 48 KB, one could download the poster direct from Moviegoods.com and blow it up into a DVD cover. Just double click on any posters in this blog to see their size and outstanding quality.
Moviegoods has become my #1 go-to source for poster images. I suggest visiting and typing your favorite film into their excellent search engine. It may not be your favorite, but the 60 posters for "Metropolis" are endlessly fascinating. You need to click a second time on the 1927 film because the first screen offers variations on the word "Metropolis," as in this great art deco "Cafe Metropole" that I discovered for the first time just this minute!
Most Moviegoods posters are for sale at $19.95 in the 11"x17" format. I mainly use the JPEG images that are all top quality and most important for my use do not have any logos over the pictures. Each poster gives the option to view larger, share via email, Face Book, etc., or Buy Now.
Another site I recommend exploring just for the fun of it is Carteles de Cine. Carteles specializes in foreign posters, whose design styles are often more vivid and arresting than U.S. posters. I don't think they sell them. The site is in Spanish so I don't really know! I think they just collect rare and obscure posters for our enjoyment. Check their "Metropolis" page for even more great posters you may never have seen before. The "Phantom of the Opera" poster shown here on the left is new to me, as is the striking one on the right for "This Gun For Hire." A search on Lon Chaney will lead to their Phantom page, but otherwise you need to know the Spanish spelling to get there: "El Fantasma de La Opera." Exploring is half the fun with all the unexpected finds along the way.
Here are some more posters from Carteles de Cine.
I have to stop now or I'll be finding and adding posters all day!