Feb. 19, 2014 by Olivia Drake
Wesleyan’s Cinema Archives is hosting the exhibit “Posters from the Collection” in the Rick Nicita Gallery through April 30. The posters represent 13 prominent collections from the Wesleyan Cinema Archives. Posters have been donated to the Archives by filmmakers, producers and others, and the Archives now boasts more than 1,500 rare film posters in its collection.
Spanning the history of film from the 1930s to 2012, the posters in this exhibit reflect different genres and styles; the iconic artwork brings back the magic of the moviegoing experience. Pictured at left is a 1934 movie poster from Columbia Pictures’ “Broadway Bill.” The poster represents Cinema Archives’ Frank Capra Collection. At right is a 1937 poster from Warner Bros.’ “First Lady,” which represents the Kay Francis Collection.
At left is a 1941 poster from the film “Sundown,” which represents Wesleyan’s Gene Tierney Collection. At right is a 1948 poster from Sierra Pictures’ “Joan of Arc.” It represents the Ingrid Bergman Collection.
Founded in 1985, by Curator and Corwin-Fuller Professor Jeanine Basinger, the Archives began with just three collections. In 25 years, it has expanded greatly to include the collections of actors and filmmakers from both the studio era and contemporary cinema. Other movie posters in the exhibit include “They Died With Their Boots On,” 1941; “Panic in the Streets,” 1950; “Pink Flamingos,” 1972; “Raging Bull,” 1980; “Blue Velvet,” 1986; “Unforgiven,” 1992 and “The Avengers,” 2012. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and by appointment.
For more information see the Cinema Archives website. (Photos by Olivia Drake)