Movie Posters on Parade

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The California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica has explored the Golden State through exhibitions on skateboarding, ceramics, and the citrus industry. Starting May 23, the museum presents Gotta Dance: The Art of the Movie Poster. Mike Kaplan, who created campaigns for A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey, collected the vintage one-sheets that hail from the heyday of the studio system. The bold graphics were meant to be discarded after a week. Now you’re more likely to see them at auctions; a poster from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is currently listed at $850,000.  


From left to right: The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), The Great American Broadcast (1941), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). Top right: Grand Hotel (1932) 

Posters courtesy Mike Kaplan 

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  1. ellysan

    June 2, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Finally someone in the USA is taking Posters as a serious and magnificent art form!!!