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2e057 VERTIGO linen 1sh '58 Alfred Hitchcock classic, wonderful artwork by Saul Bass!

Date Sold 9/1/2013
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, the classic 1958 Alfred Hitchcock San Francisco California suspense obsessive love crime mystery thriller ("Alfred Hitchcock's Masterpiece"; "Based upon the novel D'Entre Les Morts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac"; "Music by Bernard Herrmann"; about a man with a fear of heights who is caught up in a murder, or is he?, and he meets a woman who looks very similar to the "dead girl", and he becomes obsessed with solving the mystery) starring James Stewart (Jimmy Stewart), Kim Novak (in a dual role), Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, and Henry Jones. Note that John Whitney Sr. (who did the spiral title sequence for the movie) also did the spiral art for the posters from this movie, which was utilized by the poster artist Saul Bass. Also note that Alfred Hitchcock did not make a final decision on what to name this movie until the last minute! At various times, it had working titles of Darkling I Listen, Fear and Trembling, From Among the Dead, and Illicit Darkening. Many of the early advertising stills don't have a title at all, but say "An Alfred Hitchcock Production". Personally, we think "Vertigo" is a better title than any of those other four! Finally, note that critical acclaim for this movie has consistently risen in the years since it was first released. In fact, in the latest "Sight and Sound" poll of top movie critics, Vertigo was declared to be the number one film of all time, over Citizen Kane, and every other masterpiece!
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Artist: Saul Bass
Important Added Info: Note that there is controversy about the first release one-sheets from this movie. There are known examples where the primary background color is pretty much "red", and then others where the primary background color is pretty much "orange". Some people say that the poster was created with two different colors, while others say that the "orange" one-sheets are simply "red" one-sheets that were exposed to sunlight. I don't have a definitive answer, but because I have seen one-sheets in many different color ranges from pretty clearly red down to almost yellow (where the poster HAS clearly faded), that makes me feel it is more likely that the posters were not printed in two different versions, but I can't say for certain. Also note that most collectors don't realize that Saul Bass did many different designs for this classic movie! All look very similar, with the classic swirl, but the two figures are different on many of the posters!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster has a primary background color that is somewhere between red and orange . It had pretty minor wear on the foldlines, with tiny paper loss at the bottom two crossfolds, and a slight extra vertical fold between the top and bottom crossfolds. There were a few faint dot stains around the edges. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well!
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