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British film posters : an illustrated history

Author: Sim Branaghan; Steve Chibnall
Publisher: London : BFI, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The book explores illustrated film posters from their emergence in the late Victorian period as an offshoot of the variety/theatrical posters of the period, to the rapid decline of the illustrated, or handpainted, tradition in the mid-1980s, and to the subsequent arrival of computer desktop publishing. The overall theme of the book is that vintage film posters represent a significant and coherent movement in British  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Branaghan, Sim.
British film posters.
London : BFI, 2006
(OCoLC)647227983
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sim Branaghan; Steve Chibnall
ISBN: 1844571483 9781844571482 1844572218 9781844572212
OCLC Number: 72150958
Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Preface: If we cannot appreciate great trash. --
Introduction: Selling The Sellout. --
--
Part I: 1896-1945: --
1. Film distribution and exhibition in the UK; novelty becomes industry. --
2. The birth of the film poster: printing techniques, billposting, formats and design strategies. --
3. Artists: 'Rather low grade work' --
Arnold Beauvais and Dudley Pout. --
4. A sophisticated interlude: Ealing Studios and the battle of art vs. commerce. --
--
Part II: 1946-86: --
5. Film distribution and exhibition in the UK: boom turns to bust. --
6. Formats and design strategies: Terrifying! Nerve-shattering! Blood-curdling! --
7. Publicity departments, advertising agencies and design studios. --
8. Artists (i): 'Real ripsnorter' --
Tom Chantrell and Allardyce Palmer. --
9. Artists (ii): 'Bloody marvellous' --
Eric Pulford and Downton Advertising. --
10. Artists (iii): The sausage factory and the Italian connection --
Life at Downton's. --
11 Artists (iv): Feref and the freelances --
the end of a tradition. --
12. Printers (i): Stafford & Co. and W.E. Berry --
a virtual duopoly. --
13. Printers (ii): Ripley to Broomhead --
the supporting players. --
14. 'New York, London, Perivale': National Screen Service Ltd. --
15. Fragmentation: video boxes, multiplexes and desktop publishing. --
--
Postscript: Film poster collecting --
from a hobby to a business.
Responsibility: Sim Branaghan ; edited by Steve Chibnall.

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The first complete history of illustrated film posters in the UK covers every aspect of design, printing and display from the Victorian era to the arrival of DeskTop Publishing in the 1980s. British  Read more...

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