Motor Movies – The Posters!

From the late 19th century the progress of the movies has paralleled that of the motor car. Now, for the first time, these developments are chronicled through the medium of the movie poster. This book celebrates the progression from the simple and crude, through the functional, the ambitious, and the barking mad, right up to today’s high-tech, computer-generated, often soulless examples of both cinema and automobile. By charting the poster art of the movies chronologically, the book takes you on a journey through the 20th Century in black and white, sepia, hand-colouring, stone-litho, and glorious technicolour, and shows the obsessively accurate, the artist’s impression, the photographic and the wildly imaginative depictions of the automobile. With 250 pictures of rare originals, and a star rating system for rarity, this is a beautiful book to browse, as well as valuable investment guide.

Synopsis


From the late 19th century the progress of the movies has paralleled that of the motor-car. Now, for the first time these developments are chronicled through the medium of the Movie Poster. The book celebrates the progression from the simple and crude, through the functional, the ambitious, the barking mad, right up to today's high-tech, computer generated, often soul-less examples of both cinema and automobile. By charting the poster art of the movies chronologically, the book takes you on a journey through the 20th Century in black and white, sepia, hand colouring, stone-litho, and glorious technicolour. The book shows the obsessively accurate, the artist's impression, the photographic and the wildly imaginative depictions of the automobile. The development of product placement in marketing is well illustrated. Why did the Mustang appear in so little publicity for Bullitt? Where was the Mini in most of the world's publicity for The Italian Job? Why wasn’t the Alfa Romeo Dueto prominent in the advertising of The Graduate? The book doesn’t provide intricate plot lines or vast cast lists; there are many reference works, both in books and on-line that supply this detail. Instead it shows how different countries promoted the same movie and give a brief guide to buying posters of movies safely. Primarily this is a book to wallow in, beautifully photographed artwork is guaranteed to bring back memories of favourite cars in movies and gives a fascinating insight into the evolution of cinema, marketing and the automobile. With 250 pictures of rare original and a star rating system for rarity this is a beautiful book to browse, and a valuable investment guide.

About the author


Paul’s interest in cars started at an early age, as did his love of cinema. Educated at Rongotai College, Paul went on to pursue a career in advertising, then broadcasting. Working as a radio presenter for several years to fund various unlikely motor cars, Paul then emigrated to Australia in search of a bigger salary with which to fund his historic racing obsession, arriving back in the UK in 1976, where he continued to work in radio and television. Paul now combines his two great passions, of cinema and motoring, by running a business selling rare posters from movies featuring cars.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845847-17-3 • eV number: eV4717 • Published: July 2014 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £10.99 / $17.99 / €14.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4127 • Hardback • 25x25cm • £15 • 224 pages • 249 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845841-27-0 • UPC: 6-36847-04127-4. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

Motor Movies – The Posters!

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