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Released in Italy as DOMANDA DI GRAZIA -- Vintage original 54 ½ x 74" (139 x 188 cm.) quattro foglio poster, Italy. Michele Morgan, Raf Vallone, Marthe Mercadier, Jean Gaven, dir: Jean Delannoy; CEIAP. An absolutely stunning portrait of the great film actress Michele Morgan by Ballester.

A film noir style based on the short story SILENT AS A GRAVE by Cornell Woolrich, and perhaps the best filmed version of this story. This version was set in a Parisian circus and told the story of how a woman attempts to save her husband, who is sentenced to death. French star Morgan enjoyed a successful run in Hollywood films during the 1940s and still lives today, in France. On linen, FINE-VERY FINE...[THIS POSTER SOLD FOR $1,500.00]

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SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943)

Vintage original 11 x 16” (28 x 41 cm.) poster, Belgium. Theresa Wright, Joseph Cotton, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Hume Cronyn, dir: Alfred Hitchcock; Universal. Small town girl Charlie Newton (Therese Wright) is devastated and in great danger when she discovers that her beloved Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotton) has been murdering widows prior to his visit to his family. This was Hitchcock’s first in depth study of a psychopath, a subject which he would explore at greater depth in his later work. Hitchcock made the comment: “Our evil and our good are getting closer together… we’ve become so sophisticated, you can barely tell one from the other.” This poster, in bright colors, presents a scene in which Charlie realizes that the jewel her uncle has given her belonged to someone else, as investigator Jack Graham (Macdonald Carey) watches from below. The original story was nominated for an Academy Award. Hitchcock considered this his favorite film of his own work. This rare poster was printed on the back on an aerial map – there was a paper shortage in post-War Belgium; the map only barely shows through, and only in parts of the yellow background on left. Note that the distributor is Universal, not Universal-International, which was formed in 1946. There is an entirely different Belgian poster for this film which has been on the market; that lists Universal-International as distributor, and is clearly not printed on wartime map paper. As a result, we are certain that this is indeed the true original first Belgian release poster, and that it is a quite rare piece. From the Mark H. Wolff collection. Folded, VERY FINE-.$1,000.00

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Vintage original 14 ½ x 22” (35 x 56 cm) poster, Belgium. Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll, Rhonda Fleming, Norman Lloyd, dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Selznick/United Artists. One of master Hitchcock’s most memorable, intense and suspenseful thrillers. This is one of the first times that Hitchcock explored the area of psychoanalysis, which was becoming popular in the mid-1940s – so much so that writer Ben Hecht consulted authorities in the field to write the script, and meddling producer David O. Selznick hired his own psychoanalyst to be on the set.

The story involved a female psychiatrist (Bergman) who, while attempting to recover his memory, protects the identity of an amnesia patient who has been accused of murder – and whom she is falling in love with. One of the most famous scenes in film history was the dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali. This sequence, directed mostly by art director William Cameron Menzies, was filmed at poverty row Monogram Studios. The music score by Miklos Rozsa was so effective to the overall feel of the film that it was presented with the Academy Award for Best Music Scoring. It was a Best Picture nominee as well.

One of the most beautiful and romantic portrait art depictions of stars Bergman and Peck is present on this poster from Belgium. One horizontal fold, minor ding in bottom margin, NEAR MINT-.$250.00

The Man Who Knew Too Much (Paramount, 1956). Italian 2 - Foglio (39" X 55").
This Italian poster has a dramatic take on the pivotal scene in the film where James Stewart and Doris Day witness the murder of the man they've just befriended. The Italian artist has just their eyes highlighted as if peering from a hidden place, and the blood reddened white cloak of the murdered man highlighted. The poster shows only slight edge wear at the top. Rolled, Very Fine+.$403.91

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The Birds (Universal, 1963). French Affiche (23.5" X 31.5"). Hitchcock.
Starring Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Tippi Hedren, Veronica Cartwright, Ethel Griffies, Charles McGraw, Ruth McDevitt, and Lonny Chapman. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. An un-restored poster with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as slight fold separation and fold wear, or very minor tears. Please see full-color, enlargeable image ABOVE for more details. Artwork by Boris Grinsson. Folded, Very Fine... $269.00

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" Oh, how wonderful are these posters by Laurent Duriex. They are for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, The Birds and Rear Window.

I think the Rear Window one is my favourite.

Part of the “Art of Laurent Durieux” solo exhibition, opening Friday, February 7th, at the Mondo Gallery

You can see the rest (plus the variants below). "

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A paper craft installation we made for The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award.
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (Leytonstone, Londres, 13 de agosto de 1899 - Bel Air, Los Ángeles, 29 de abril de 1980) fue un director de cine británico.

Wow, some fantastic and rare Hitchcock posters here Dee Dee!!!  And my family and I are gearing up for the unprecedented five week THE COMPLETE HITCHCOCK Festival that begins this coming Friday.  Sure I've seen most of the films already (many multiple times over the years) but I'll be making an effort to attend a fair number of these screenings!

And that has to be the most sensationally atmospheric poster of VERTIGO I have ever seen PERIOD!

Hello ! Sam Juliano...

Oh ! yes ,  I know I posted the info over there on WitD... and  artist/ graphic designer Laurent Duriex 's posters are beautiful... too !...I especially, like " The Rear Window," and "The Birds..." posters.. Oh ! yes, I agree with you, " The Vertigo," poster is very atmospheric... too !

" Sure I've seen most of the films already (many multiple times over the years...) "

Please believe me there is nothing wrong with viewing your favorite Hitch film repeatedly. I constantly, watch my favorite Hitch films multiple times too !

Sam,

Thanks, for stopping by and leaving Hitchcock information and a comment too !

Some fabulous Hitchcock posters have been added to this already splendid presentation.  No Hitchcock fan should bypass this latest celebration of the master's work!  I don't know where you find them Dee Dee, but each and every one is a treasure.

Update:  I was at the Film Forum last night with Lucille and Sammy to take in Hitch's masterful SABOTEUR, and to experience something truly unique - a skype live interview with 99 year-old actor Norman Lloyd, who played the saboteur Frye in the film.  Lloyd spoke to interviewer Ben Mankiewitz on the big screen of his experiences working with Hitch and of his own career and of his working friendship with Orson Welles.  Incredibly, Lloyd was married to the same woman for 75 years.  She died just two years ago at age 98.  Film Forum patrons lined up to ask Lloyd a number of questions, and the delightful and fully lucid veteran actor was marvelous.  What a night!

This evening we will be heading over to watch the classic STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951).

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