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4z0018 BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI linen French 1p 1958 Holden, Guinness, Hayakawa, David Lean, rare!

Date Sold 7/9/2020
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style A French One-Panel "Grande" Movie Poster (1p; measures 45 1/4" x 62" [115 x 157 cm]) (Learn More)

The Bridge on the River Kwai, the classic 1958 David Lean (winner of the Best Director Academy Award for this film) English/U.S. World War II (WWII) military Japanese prison camp sabotage thriller ("Decades from now, motion pictures will proudly claim to be 'In the great tradition of 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'"; "A masterpiece of filmcraft that you will want to see again and again!"; "Screenplay by Pierre Boulle Based on His Novel"; winner of the Best Picture Academy Award) starring William Holden, Alec Guinness (winner of the Best Actor Academy Award for this film), Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film; but should have WON the Academy Award), James Donald, Ann Sears, and Geoffrey Horne (billed as "introducing Geoffrey Horne"). Note that this film premiered in England in October of 1957, and had a very limited release in the U.S. in December (to qualify for the Academy Awards), but the U.S. wide-release took place in 1958. Also, note that Pierre Boulle is credited as the screenwriter and won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay despite his lack of involvement in the movie itself (he wrote the novel the movie is based on). The actual screenwriters were Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, but they were blacklisted and ineligible for screen credit. In 1984, the Academy retroactively awarded the Oscar to Wilson and Foreman.
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Artist: Jean Mascii
Important Added Info: Note that we have never before auctioned this 1958 first release French one-panel! Not only that, but we have never previously auctioned ANY other first release French poster of any kind!

Note that this poster ships in a very long tube (at least 33" long, but possibly 50" long or more). Therefore the shipping for this poster will be more than that for a poster that ships in a tube 32" or shorter, and possibly much more. Please bear this added shipping expense in mind before bidding on this poster. You can tell how long of a tube this poster needs to ship in by looking at the shorter dimension of its length and width and then adding 4" to that (so a 47" x 63" poster will need to ship in a 51" long tube).
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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had tiny paper loss at the crossfolds and some tiny tears and tiny bits of paper loss on parts of some folds, with very minor border wear. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well!
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