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Sherlock Holmes, 1929Goldwyn; One-sheet, 41 x 27 in. (104.1 x 43.2 cm)
Gloria Swanson
Gloria Swanson is probably best remembered today for her
role in the 1950 Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard costarring with William Holden and one of her great contemporaries, the actor-director Eric von Stroheim—in
which she portrayed a forgotten but still proud star of the silent screen. (In that movie she famously said, of the silent era, “We had faces then.”) Younger viewers of that movie
barely knew who Swanson was, but a quarter of a century earlier she had been one of the most famous women in the world. She went from being, in her teens, a Mack Sennett
bathing beauty, to Bobby Vernon’s foil in Sennett’s Teddy the Dog comedies (for example, The Nick of Time Baby, and then a hugely popular romantic leading lady in marital morality movies for Cecil B. DeMille, reaching perhaps the apex of her career in Raoul Walsh’s 1928 film Sadie Thompson (shown below), an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s story “Rain.”
Citizen Kane
The Sin of Nora Moran
The Virginian, 1929Paramount; Title card, 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Babe Ruth
What Price Hollywoood
Papitou
Starstruck
Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood

By Ira M. Resnick, Foreword by Martin Scorsese

Size: 10" x 12", 
Cloth, 272 pages
258 full-color posters and 28 black-and-white stills
Published 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7892-1019-7
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A lively, firsthand account of the evolution of a world-class collection of vintage film posters and stills, accompanied by descriptions of the stars and films depicted.

More than just a picture book of some of the most beautiful and rare posters from 1912 to 1962, "Starstruck" also is an exploration of one man's unending passion. -- Los Angeles Times

"Ira M. Resnick, a real-estate investor and a photographer who owns about 2,500 movie posters printed between the 1910s and 1960s, has published 258 of them in Starstruck: Vintage Movie Posters From Classic Hollywood." -- The New York Times

"This volume features nearly 300 glorious examples of promotional movie artwork." -- BookPage

"A fascinating tour of the history of motion picture advertising." -- Los Angeles Magazine

"Resnick offers an infectious introduction to the medium divided into chronological chapters." -- The Magazine Antiques

"There are great stories about stars... The book is full of intriguing trivia." -- Women's Wear Daily

During his more than forty years as a film historian, Ira M. Resnick amassed a superb collection of more than 2,000 vintage movie posters and 1,500 stills. They were never shared with the public until Starstruck: Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood was published in 2010. This remarkable volume features the best of Resnick’s collection, with vivid reproductions of 250 posters and 40 stills from 1912-1962, Hollywood's golden age.Ira M. Resnick founded the Motion Picture Arts Gallery in Manhattan—the first gallery exclusively devoted to the art of the movies. A renowned institution amongst movie poster collectors, the gallery is now located just outside of New York City in East Rutherford, NJ. A respected figure in the NYC film community, Resnick served as chairman of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center from 1999 to 2005. A one-of-a-kind art book, STARSTRUCK combines cinematic history, a guide to poster collecting, firsthand account, and dramatic full-color artwork—a blend of genres that is unlike any other movie poster book. Resnick offers entertaining anecdotes about how he managed to acquire such stellar examples of movie poster art, as well as historical information about the stars and films shown on the pieces he collected. Bonus material includes a list of Resnick’s fifty favorite one-sheets, advice for the movie poster collector, and a glossary of terms and poster sizes.A must-have book for every collector and film buff, STARSTRUCK offers a beautifully illustrated, personal tour of a bygone age of the motion picture advertising industry.

Author Ira M. Resnick started his impressive collection while studying at New York University Film School. A professional photographer, he founded the Motion Picture Arts Gallery, the first gallery devoted exclusively to the art of the movies. Resnick is a trustee of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and served as chairman of the board from 1999 to 2005. Resnick is also a trustee of the International Center for Photography and MUSE Film and Television. He resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

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