Film advertisement posters are widely admired for their bold lettering and large format, with many film-goers collecting them as relics of cinematic history. Join us as we take a closer look at some of the world’s best-loved blockbusters that feature in our Rare Film Poster archive.
Adapted from William S. Borroughs’ 1959 novel Naked Lunch, David Cronenberg’s surrealist, science fiction film of the same name follows the story of an exterminator who develops an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs.
After he accidentally kills his wife, he becomes involved in a secret government plot orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.
For much of the film, the exterminator spends his time writing reports on a typewriter which doubles as an insect that groans with pleasure as he works his fingers over its keys.
It has since become a cult film, acclaimed for its wonderfully-bizarre narrative. ‘Strange, maddening, and at times incomprehensible’, one reviewer wrote on the review-aggregation website for film and television Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Naked Lunch is nonetheless an engrossing experience.’
Confined to a wheelchair after breaking his leg, professional photographer L. B. ‘Jeff’ Jefferies spends his time recovering by watching his neighbours who keep their windows open during an intense New York heatwave. Convinced that he has witnessed a murder, he begins documenting their private lives through the lens of his camera.
American journalist, author, and film critic for The New York Times, Bosley Crowther called the film ‘tense and exciting’, concluding that the director, Alfred Hitchcock, expertly builds up the plot; carefully tricking, deceiving, diverting and amusing film-goers at every turn.
Today, Rear Window is considered one of the greatest films ever made. Receiving four Academy Award nominations, it’s just as loved today as it was upon its box office release almost 70 years ago.
Quentin Tarantino’s blockbuster film followed six criminals with pseudonyms, each strangers to one another, who are hired to carry out a robbery. The heist is ambushed by police and the gang is forced to shoot their way out.
When it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1992, Reservoir Dogs became the festival’s most talked-about film. Critic Jami Bernard of the New York Daily News compared its effect to the groundbreaking 1895 film L’Arrivée d’un Train en Gare de la Ciotat – an early film that featured a moving train approaching the audience who, believing it to be real, ducked in fear.
Bernard deduced that Reservoir Dogs had a similar effect – cinema-goers simply weren’t ready for it. Today it is regarded as a classic cult film.
Despite living a life of poverty in Brooklyn, African American graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (played by Jeffrey Wright) strives to rise up through the 1980s New York art scene. With friends in high places like Andy Warhol (played by David Bowie), Basquiat soon becomes the brightest star of neo-Expressionism.
Comparing David Bowie’s portrayal of Warhol to others who’d portrayed him before, American film director Paul Morrissey said he was the best by far. ‘You come away from Basquiat’, he explains, ‘thinking Andy was comical and amusing, not a pretentious, phoney piece of shit, which is how others show him.’
Bowie, after all, actually met Andy Warhol. They went to the same parties. Interestingly, he was even able to borrow Warhol’s real wig, glasses and jacket from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to play his part in the film.
Discover the collectible exhibition posters Hockney designed for Tate, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Opera and more.
Join us as we talk to Sarah Evans, the architect turned artist behind London-based design studio Oscar Francis about her work, inspirations and her experience of life as an artist during lockdown.
Learn more about her unusual nocturnal art practice, her beloved cat ‘NooNoo’, and the vibrant portraits she creates of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and more.
Based in London, quirky collage artist Rosco Brittin tells us about his animal muses and an intriguing 'spirit genie' that offers him creative fuel...
Join us as we catch up with Hastings-based abstract landscape painter Louise Body to discuss fisherman’s smocks, juggling work and home life, and her previous career as a wallpaper designer.
Discover our top picks, brought to you by many of our long-standing museum and art gallery partners including V&A, Charleston Trust, and Tate.
As Howard Hodgkin’s studio assistant for over 22 years, Andy Barker accompanied him on several trips to his beloved India. Find out more about his new print inspired by a tree he spotted from Hodgkin’s balcony.
London-based painter Emma Cousin uses the figure as a mechanism to explore phenomenological experiences.
Though they didn’t know it at the time, when three Swiss-German artists travelled around Tunisia for two weeks in 1914, they changed the course of twentieth-century art.
Henri Matisse’s original cut-outs were last exhibited at Tate Modern in 2014. To keep the spirit of these seminal works alive, we have obtained the rights to produce these vibrant works as part of our Tate collection.
Scraps of fabric found at markets, toxic colours, and traffic cones – these are just some of the things that influence London-based collage artist Scarlett Bowman.
Join us as we take a closer look at some of the world’s best-loved blockbusters that feature in our Rare Film Poster archive.
A.M. Cassandre’s early work afforded him instant acclaim. We delve deeper into the journey he took to become one of the most sought-after commercial illustrators of his generation, creating works such as Normandie, Nord Express, and many more influential graphic design posters.
We catch up with London-based curator Becca Pelly-Fry to discuss how the soon-to-be-launched Curated Editions collection ‘New Mythologies’ is taking shape, which artists to look out for, and how to receive information about the limited edition artworks.
Hormazd Narielwalla’s unique artistic process starts with antique tailoring patterns as the base – collected from a variety of sources, from Savile Row tailors to vintage domestic tailoring patterns.
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