Welcome to Art of The Movies...
'Hello!', 'Why are we here?', 'What are we doing?'...
Quite simply, we are here to get more original movie posters out of drawers and long forgotten boxes in lofts, and, on to walls.
We want them to be cherished and appreciated for what they are - often beautiful, frequently very old, sometimes collectable, pieces of art.
We do that by scouring the world for original vintage and contemporary movie posters that we would love to hang on our walls, and then, doing a lot of work before we add them to our Catalogue.
Here are the questions we ask ourselves before we add a poster to the Catalogue...
1. Will the poster look fantastic on a wall, in a home?
We test this in three ways.
Firstly, we make sure we get a great photo of the actual poster from which we can produce a virtual 'framed' image of the poster. If it won't frame well, it won't ever make it on to a wall and so we don't add it to our Catalogue.
Secondly, we test the framed image in a range of potential home settings. If we can't make it fit on a wall in a home, then we won't add it to our Catalogue.
Thirdly, we ask ourselves, "Would we hang it in our home?". Only those posters that get a "Yes!" make it in to the Catalogue.
As a result, for each and every poster, you'll find photos of the actual poster itself. (We do not use stock images.) You'll also see the virtual images we have created showing a potential framing option and an 'in home' setting.
It takes time to do this, but, it gives us confidence that the poster is of the quality that we want to share with you. We also hope it inspires you to add an original movie poster to your home. That makes it worth it.
2. Does the poster have cultural significance and longevity?
The first moving picture (movie) was created in the 1890s, a little over a hundred years ago. Now, they are an intrinsic part of our culture.
From Marvel blockbuster to French art house classic, everyone has seen a film that has moved or excited them.
Some films become part of our collective psyche, and it doesn't take too long for that to happen.
For many of us in our middle age, Christmas was defined by "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Great Escape", Bank Holidays by a "Bond" movie.
As we got older, films like "Forrest Gump", "Pulp Fiction" and "Schindler's List" imprinted themselves upon us. As we had children, "Toy Story" came along...
And so it is with each generation. Many films being produced this decade, (perhaps "Despicable Me", "La La Land" or "The Greatest Showman") will go on to be recognised as classics.
So, we ask ourselves, do we think the poster represents one of those cultural moments? It doesn't have to (it may just be a stunning poster), but, if it does, it's more likely to make it in to the Catalogue, especially if it's a more recent movie.
3. Is the poster original?
We do not sell reproductions.
We source from around the world, but, we do so very carefully.
We continue to use sources that we have used for many years to obtain the majority of our posters. Some of them are the foremost collectors and experts in their field.
For all our posters, we have to be convinced it is original before we will add it to the Catalogue. If there's any doubt, it will not make it in.
We want you to be confident in your poster - if you have doubts, it will affect your enjoyment of it - so, we add a 100% guarantee to all posters.
If at a future date your poster is proven to be anything other than a genuine movie poster, we will refund you the total purchase price, plus reasonable shipping costs.
Your poster can therefore hang proudly in your home, for this, and for future generations, to enjoy.
I hope you've enjoyed learning a little bit more about us, and the love and time we put in to each and every poster that we add to our Catalogue.
Please do take a look. We would love you to find, and fall in love with, a beautiful, genuine, piece of movie history - and - to then hang it in your home.
If you ever have any questions, we'd be delighted to hear from you, please do get in touch.
Adam and the Art of the Movies team.