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4z0012 ON THE WATERFRONT linen Italian 1p 1954 Kazan, different art of Brando & Saint by Ballester!

Date Sold 7/9/2020
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Italian One-Panel (known in Italy as a "2 Fogli") Movie Poster (1p; measures 39" x 55" [99 x 140 cm]) (Learn More)

On the Waterfront, the classic 1954 Elia Kazan (winner of the Best Director Academy Award for this film) crime union corruption dockworker romantic family relationship melodrama ("The truly great picture of the year!"; "A story as warm and moving as GOING MY WAY... but with brass knuckles!"; "Add to the few... the very few... truly memorable screen performances! Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in 'On the waterfront'... one of the few... the very few... truly great motion pictures!"; "Screen Play by Budd Schulberg"; "Screenplay by Budd Schulberg"; winner of the Best Picture Academy Award; since both Schulberg and Kazan "named names" and co-operated with the House Un-American Activities Committee, some consider this movie a defense of informers; I consider it one of the finest movies ever made!) starring Marlon Brando (winner of the Best Actor Academy Award for this film), Karl Malden (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film), Lee J. Cobb (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film), Rod Steiger (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film), Pat Henning, Eva Marie Saint (winner of the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for this film; billed as "Introducing Eva Marie Saint"), John F. Hamilton (as 'Pop' Doyle), and Thomas Handley (as Tommy Collins, the boy who helps with the pigeons; in the movie, he kills the pigeons after Brando's character testifies, which was especially ironic, because young Handley's father was a longshoreman who was killed for opposing union corruption, and he was hired to feed the pigeons on the set, but then Kazan gave him a screen test and he won the role of Tommy; even more interesting, he never made another movie, but he grew up to be a longshoreman himself, and in 2002 was elected recording secretary of his union after the leadership was ousted for corruption!). Note that this one of only three movies (the other two being The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II!) that have ever had 3 different actors nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar!
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Artist: Anselmo Ballester
Important Added Info: Note that we have only previously auctioned two examples of this first release Italian one-panel, and the last one was 8 years ago, when it sold for $1,383!

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: good to very good. The poster had small paper loss at some crossfolds and extra folds, tears, and small paper loss along parts of several folds, including in the one in Eva Marie Saint's forehead, and slightly in Brando's hair and the top of his forehead. Overall, the poster was in good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was pretty well backed, but you can see signs of the above defects and the restoration of the above defects.
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