Shane Original Movie Poster. 1953. Linen Backed
This George Stevens masterpiece is considered one of the greatest films in cinematic history. In fact, the all-important American Film Institute places it number 3 on its list of Greatest Westerns(behind The Searchers and High Noon) and ranks it number 45 on its Greatest Movies of All Time list.Against a budget of 3 million dollars it has earned 20 million dollars overall, in fact 8 million dollars during its initial run. A good investment indeed for Paramount.
Bosley Crowther, the noted N.Y. Times movie critic for three decades, called it a "rich and dramatic mobile painting of the American frontier scene." He continued that it "contained a tremendous comprehension of the bitterness and passion of the feuds that existed between the new homesteaders and the cattlemen on the open range."
The cast is now legendary : Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur,Jack Palance,Van Heflin,the young Brandon deWilde (1942-1972), Elisha Cook, Jr, Ben Johnson and Edgar Buchanan. Academy Award nominations went to Stevens for Best Direction and the Movie itself, Supporting Male roles to both Palance and deWilde and Screenplay A.B.Gutherie. It also won the Oscar for Best Cinematography.
Offered here is a wonderful high grade example of this scarce and popular full sheet poster,measuring 27"x41". Designed by famed Ercole Brini, well known throughout the art world, it is the very first example we've owned and one worthy of the finest collection. Brini's artwork features wonderful images of each of the main characters, particularly capturing the innocence and youthful of the young boy played by deWilde (notice the purity in his eyes). The yellow-orange background is rich and deep, contrasting beautifully with the large title-letters in fiery red.
Free of imperfections,it has been professionally linen backed and now preserved for future generations to enjoy. Posters of this quality and importance seldom surface in the marketplace. We suggest framing this one with a simple red matting and black frame. There is no need to distract the viewer's eyes from Brini's brilliant design and graphics. This artwork is that impressive.Yes, sometimes "less is more."
If you love Hollywood westerns--those especially from the prolific period of the 1950's and early '60s-- this one is a must.It is that important and dramatic. Movie buffs search long and hard for this poster. One impressive piece of movie memorabilia.