Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Best Framed Movie Posters

By Charlie Reese

Hanging posters on the wall starts as a teenager but needn't stop there. With a quality frame, a print or poster can look classy in the right setting. Framed movie posters are very popular, whether to remind one of a favorite film or to set a mood in a room. In addition to homes, they are bought for restaurants, nightclubs and other businesses. They come in all shapes and sizes and some are reproductions of the original posters of classic films, going back to the 1930s.

Buyers can choose by genre or a certain actor, actress or director but it's also possible to browse through the most popular buys. These framed movie posters tend to be blockbusters, cult films or other films that did well at the box office. Some images are iconic and instantly recognizable, such as The Godfather with Marlon Brando as Don Corleone standing underneath the puppet string logo. Quentin Tarantino films are also very familiar, particularly Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.

A series of Rocky images, featuring Sylvester Stallone, usually shows Rocky with his fist clenched in the air. This is a simple message. However, some images only mean something to people who have seen the movie. For example, a framed movie poster of Fight Club does not show its stars, Brad Pitt or Edward Norton. Instead, it shows a bar of pink soap. Fans of the movie will understand the significance.

Successful franchises always produce various posters attached to each film. Star Wars has a number of them from the original trilogy onwards, depicting Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker etc. There is also one with a separate picture of Yoda, wielding a light saber. Raiders of the Lost Ark too has many pictures, usually involving Indiana Jones with his bullwhip. James Bond has stylish posters, particularly the early movies, such as Dr No, From Russia with Love and Goldfinger.

Heroes and anti-heroes adorn many a wall. One of the most famous scenes is of Steve McQueen trying to escape on his motorcycle in The Great Escape. We always feel sorry for the underdog, as in the 1933 version of King Kong, in which Kong attempts to fight off the planes as he stands on top of the Empire State Building. Romantic heroes and heroines are also popular in framed movie posters. Clarke Gable and Vivian Leigh, as Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, embrace in a beautifully reproduced black and white photograph. The original publicity poster for Casablanca is still available, showing Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, standing defiant and cheek-to-cheek.

Each genre has its share of posters over the decades. Musicals include the classic Wizard of Oz, shown every holiday but we never tire of it. Posters show Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion and the Tin Man looking for the Yellow Brick Road. Other musicals include Singing in the Rain, My Fair Lady through to Saturday Night Fever and High School Musical. Film Noir is represented by Double Indemnity, Gilda, The Asphalt Jungle and The Big Sleep. Fantasy lovers will go for a framed movie poster from Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter or Labyrinth. - 16651

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