Monday, March 15, 2010

Louise Brooks' film makes Martin Scorsese's 10 Essential Movie Posters

According to an article (and accompanying slide show) on the GQ website, a poster for the 1929 Louise Brooks' film Diary of a Lost Girl is one of director Martin Scorsese's favorites.

The article, "Martin Scorsese's 10 Essential Movie Posters," is excerpted from a newly published book Starstruck: Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood, by Ira M. Resnick. Scorsese wrote the forward to this new coffee table book, which was recently published by Abbeville Press.

In the forward, the acclaimed director writes "I share Ira Resnick's passion for collecting movie posters. And you may very well begin to share that passion after you look through Starstruck and are caught by stunning reproductions of, for example, a lobby card for Orphans of the Storm, a German poster for Pabst's Diary of a Lost Girl, a window card for Bringing Up Baby, or stunning posters for pictures you may not even know of like Private Detective 62 with William Powell or Daphne and the Pirate with Lillian Gish." 

I just got a copy of this book (Louise Brooks shines throughout) - and it is gorgeous! I plan on writing more about it in the very near future. In the mean time, Starstruck: Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood can be purchased online or at better independent bookstores. [For those who can wait, author Ira Resnick will be signing copies of his book at this summer's San Francisco Silent Film Festival in July.]

2 comments:

  1. Scorsese's enthusiasm and passion for films and the advertising that went along with it is always so ejoyable to read or listen to. there was an article recently in Architectural digest with him talking about Saul bass and the opening credits and posters he designed over the years that was a great read as well.

    i also collect vintage movie posters but of course the funds available make my collection rather meager compared to the big boys. still, i've managed to obtain a few nice items over the years and they're proudly diplayed throughout my home.
    I should most certainly pick up a copy of that book though!

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  2. In 1982, John Kobal sent Brooks a copy of his
    **GROAN ALERT**
    "Foyer Pleasure: The Golden Age of Cinema Lobby Cards" (with Marlene Dietrich on the cover!). It's at George Eastman House. So are Martin Scorsese's "personal archives".

    P.S. By George, the Eastman School of Music has an Intro to German Film course that's tied in to an imminent and sure-to-be-awesome symposium, "Film Lost and Found: The Experience of Pre- and Silent Cinema".

    Interested parties: www.rochester.edu/College/humanities/projects/?silentcinema

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