Bullitt, Blow-Up, & Other Dynamite Movie Posters of the 20th Century
Bullitt, Blow-Up, & Other Dynamite Movie Posters of the 20th Century is curated by Ralph DeLuca. The show focuses on seldom-exhibited posters that incorporate photography to dramatize a variety of film genres, from Hollywood thrillers to influential films of the 1960s-1990s.
Beginning with the earliest public screenings of films in the 1890s and throughout the 20th century, the design of eye-grabbing posters played a key role in attracting moviegoers. Bullitt, Blow-Up, & Other Dynamite Movie Posters at FraenkelLAB focuses on seldom-exhibited posters that incorporate photography to dramatize a variety of film genres, from Hollywood thrillers and musicals to influential and experimental films of the 1960s-1990s.
Among the highlights of the exhibition are striking and inventive posters from the mid-20th century, including the classic films Gilda, Niagara, The Searchers, and All About Eve; Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, Rear Window, and Psycho; and B movies Cover Girl Killer, Captive Wild Woman, and Girl with an Itch. On view will be many significant posters from the 1960s, such as Russ Meyer’s cult exploitation film Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!; Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up; a 1968 poster for the first theatrical release of Un Chien Andalou (Dir. Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, 1928); and a vintage Japanese poster for Buñuel’s Belle de Jour. The exhibition also features sensational posters for popular movies set in San Francisco: the 1947 film noir Dark Passage (starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall); Steve McQueen as Bullitt (1968); and Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry (1971).
Other rare works to be exhibited are posters for art-house and experimental films, including A Bigger Splash, featuring artists David Hockney and Peter Schlesinger and curator Henry Geldzahler, and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Dir. John Cassavetes, 1976). The exhibition also will feature iconic posters for several acclaimed films of the 1980s-1990s: Platoon (Dir. Oliver Stone), The Crying Game (Dir. Neil Jordan) and Reservoir Dogs (Dir. Quentin Tarantino).