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.
Crisp and clinical, Jemma Appleby’s exquisite charcoal drawings are so finely executed that they have a velvet-like quality to them. Find out more about the interplay between light and shadow in her architectural drawings, creative discipline, and the edition she’s made for our soon-to-be launched Curated Editions collection, New Mythologies.
To celebrate the opening of Tate Modern's ‘EY Exhibition: Cézanne’, we take a closer look at one of his most iconic paintings, ‘Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses)’.
Playful, colourful, and joyous to behold, mixed media artist Candida Powell-Williams’ work explores representations of overlooked historical women. With an esoteric language of symbols, signs and spiritual practices, she creates compelling performances and works of sculpture.
As Howard Hodgkin’s studio assistant for over 22 years, Andy Barker accompanied him on several trips to his beloved India. We chat to him about his experiences with the late artist and a new Limited Edition print inspired by a tree he spotted from Hodgkin’s balcony.
During the outbreak of World War II, a group of artists flocked to a small fishing village on the western coast of Cornwall. Known for its special quality of light, St Ives attracted artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Terry Frost, and Patrick Heron. Learn more about their pioneering abstract works.
David Price, a self-confessed aquatint aficionado, originally went to the Royal College of Art where he learned printmaking and later became a Fellow at the Royal Academy. He talks to curator Becca Pelly-Fry about his fascination with brash, colourful ‘non-art’, and the edition he’s made for our soon-to-be launched Curated Editions collection, New Mythologies.
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 the widely-celebrated works as part of our Tate fine art print collection.
Inspired by everyday objects and the intimacy of her own home, Bianca Harrington’s still life paintings evoke a comforting sense of calm. We catch up with her to discuss her latest works.
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