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the sick smell of succes

THE SICK SMELL OF SUCCESS OPENS IN MARCH 2018 Movie afficionado’s, collectors and experts Wim Jansen of MOVIE★INK. AMSTERDAM and Michael Helmerhorst of PICTURESEARCH have combined forces and will stake their claims together from March 2018 onwards.

CREATIVE WITH PAPER

Pardon the pun, but here’s the fifth column for the April/May 2017 issue of Schokkend Nieuws magazine. CREATIVE WITH PAPER Filmmakers like to “quote” and  “reference”. By quoting they show how they love movies themselves and how much they know about it. Due to an attentive reader of Schokkend Nieuws filmposterprofessor Wim Jansen reflects that designers of movie posters also like to quote and reference. “Ain’t that a poster of CRASH! (Charles Band, 1976)?” asked Schokkend Nieuws-reader A van der L …

DEFERRED MAINTENANCE – VIVE LA DIFFERENCE!

I must admit I neglected this blog somewhat. HEY PEOPLE, I’VE BEEN BUSY OKAY!? Anyway I will put that right as there’s good news in the offing. MOVIE★INK. AMSTERDAM will rise again in a new gallery space sometime in early 2018. To catch up I will post my past columns for Schokkend Nieuws as quick as I can. The first one – VIVE LA DIFFERENCE-  is for the 25th Anniversary issue from March 2017. Filmposterprofessor Wim Jansen is having his own Silver Anniversary, …

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EMOJI AVANT LA LETTRE

I’ve been asked to write a few columns for the fab magazine SCHOKKEND NIEUWS with the title OLD PAPER. The idea is to explore the history of movie poster making and the ways in which images convey meaning by picking each time a single example poster. Aim is to write something with a little depth that also might appeal to someone who is not knee-deep in posters himself. I will post a translated version every few weeks after an issue …

KEEPING A CLEAR HEAD

I’ve been asked to write a few columns for the fab magazine SCHOKKEND NIEUWS with the title OLD PAPER. The idea is to explore the history of movie poster making and the ways in which images convey meaning by picking each time a single example poster. Aim is to write something with a little depth that also might appeal to someone who is not knee-deep in posters himself. I will post a translated version every few weeks after an issue …

MOVIE POSTER EXHIBITION: GODFATHERS OF MOVIE POSTER ART OPENING NOVEMBER 28th 2015

GODFATHERS OF MOVIE POSTER ART opens this Saturday (November 28th) at 3 PM until 8 PM. The expo will run until JANUARY 3rd (every friday and saturday from 12 to 6 PM). Our latest movie poster exhibition showcases the art of three Italian designers that inspired at least four generations of designers of movie poster art in Italy: ANSELMO BALLESTER, LUIGI MARTINATI and ALFREDO CAPITANI. All three men were born in the last decade of the nineteenth century and educated …

B.C.M. in Amsterdam and recent acquisitions

It has taken some time, but it’s on now. MOVIE INK. stages an exhibit dedicated to the Italian poster trinity B.C.M. alias Anselmo Ballester, Alfredo Capitani and Luigi Martinati. From November 28th you can take a closer look at arguably the most dramatic movie poster art made. Details will follow. For the purpose of the exhibit I have acquired a few extra pieces as well as the Italian two-panel for LA DONNE DEL FIUME aka WOMAN BY THE RIVER – in …

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BLOW-UP OF ALL PROPORTIONS – THE OPENING OCTOBER 25TH 2014

  MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM is happy to announce our next exhibit BLOW-UP OF ALL PROPORTIONS focusing on the artwork for Michelangelo Antonioni’s BLOW-UP and the cultural fashions of its time. The opening will be Saturday, OCTOBER 25th from 4 to 7 PM in the gallery at the Palmdwarsstraat 40, 1015 HV, Amsterdam. BLOW-UP THE MOVIE General opinion of Antonioni’s sixties milestone seems to be love it or loath it. Either highly praised as the purest of free art cinema or merciless …

お楽しみください! Japanese posters update on webshop

Hi all, Had a great trip to Japan a few weeks ago and came back with a bunch of posters. It really is the best thing to actually browse through paper in stead of through the internet. Unfortunately poster shops are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, even in Japan. It is so much more rewarding to find stuff you otherwise don’t look for. All I can say, come visit my lonely gallery and find out for yourself. I must confess …

Hello! it’s me again

The best movie poster place in Amsterdam can’t complain about lack of attention. After the small article in SCHOKKEND NIEUWS, BELLEOOG has posted two entries about MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM. For you who don’t know yet, BelleOog is Bas, a friend of mine, who is compiling a series of interviews in English with Dutch movie talent. Now I’m not saying I am movie talent, but I do my best to promote it. These two interviews were a try-out for the more …

Recent Acquisitions and webshop

Picked up a mixed bag recently of all kinds of weird and wonderful stuff. Most of these posters I will put up for sale sooner or later, a few of them will stay in the personal fault like the wonderful Belgian poster for CROSSFIRE that shows both of my two favourite Roberts as well as the Japanese export poster for SPACE AMOEBA. We’re still having trouble setting up the webshop. Somehow it does not gel with the existing blogsite. Apologies …

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LA DOLCE VITA EXHIBIT OPENS JANUARY 19TH

“Salvation does not lie within four walls” says Steiner in LA DOLCE VITA, but it sure comes close in MOVIE INK. from January 19th onwards. MOVIE INK. and Cine Qua Non are proud to present a DOLCE VITA exhibit to kick off the new year. We’ve secured two of the best examples of movie poster art for one of the most iconic movies from the second half of the 20th century. But that’s not all. We’ve also lots of stills, …

MOVIE INK. WINTER SALE

It took a bit, but now I’m ready for the WILD WILD WINTER SALE. From December 14th until January 5th MOVIE INK. is not only open on Saturday, but on Friday too. I’ll have a big sale with discounts up to 50%. I’ll have special sections with posters, lobby cards and stills starting at just 5 euro. There will be lots of different music from the thirties to the noughties and free hot drinks and treats.  Here a taster of …

Upcoming exhibit LIFE IS SWEET and WILD WILD WINTER REVISITED

MOVIE INK. and Cine Qua Non are happy to announce a new exhibit after acquiring a truely iconic movie poster that is right now in the gallery! The exhibit will take place around Christmas this year and is aptly called LIFE IS SWEET. Yes, an exhibit spotlighting Fellini’s masterpiece LA DOLCE VITA with this Italian quattro foglio (140×200 cm) designed by Olivetti as the centre piece. Invites and more info will follow reasonably soon. It’s not all class and money …

What’s in a name? The case of Tweedledum Studies Mathematics

Some time ago I posted about the movie posters in the Davidson collection we acquired. A few of them are so old that it is very hard to identify them as they don’t carry few if any text markings on them. A few days ago I had a brain wave and sent an email to the beautiful Italian Filmmuseum in the equally beautiful Mole Antonelliana in Turin I visited a few years ago. On one of the unidentified posters was …

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Steef Davidson Collection – the movie posters

[slideshow] Hi all! Been very,very busy with all sorts and just haven’t had the time to post earlier. Here’s the most interesting part of the movie poster collection. I will regularly update until all pics are unloaded – even the posters I would consider less interesting- and I have gathered all relevant information. There are quite a few posters I haven’t identified fully if at all and I would like to invite anybody who can shed more light on movie, …

Serenity Now!

Just got back from the holidays. We spent a lovely time in London, Snowdonia, Cornwall and Brighton visiting new places and old friends. Thanks to Leslie, Mario, Rosalie and Erik of Booktunes. Unfortunately Booktunes has a bit of a hassle with the Lowlands festival in Holland using its name without any form of recognition or indeed willingness to talk about it in a civil manner. Just another sad example of how cultural events quickly forget their origins when growing into …

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Is it weird in here, or is it just me?

It’s spring again and once again I’m reminded of the above quote of Steven Wright. Spring is the season for the weird and wonderful. Spring is the season of adolescence. Bulbs and other young growths are sprouting enthusiastically and surprisingly, often unsightly, but ready to grow into something beautiful. Two upcoming events underscore these sentiments. From April 5th to April 17th there’s the Brussels International Fantastic Festival and from April 17th to April 28th there’s the Imagine Filmfestival formerly known …

My Month with Marilyn and other blondes

My Week With Marilyn prompted a change of the frames in MOVIE INK. In the Palmdwarsstraat you can now be surrounded by Marilyn, lots of other blondes as well as 4 Non-Blondes. Loads of other blondes are ready at your convenience too.

Ada, Angelique, Lenore and the art of raising a young boy’s pulse

Unpacking a large shipment of posters brings back memories. When I was a young boy there was not a lot on television in The Netherlands with only two channels and what was on offer wasn’t what you call “exciting”. Of course there was Paul Verhoeven’s knight series FLORIS with the irrepressible Hans Boskamp as the pirate Lange Pier (Tall Pete) uttering the cry “Hoe Gravinnevlees! (Hey, countesses meat!)” before giving Countess Ada (Diana Dobbelman) a little spanking when her disguise …

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Best buys of 2011

New Years Day now, just enough time to make one list for 2011, that of my best buys in 2011. By ‘best buys’ I don’t mean the cheapest bargains or the most expensive acquisitions. The buys I love the most are usually the ones I’ve been looking for a long time or strike some kind of personal connection. Here’s my top 10 of 2011 in no particular order.  1.Themroc Themroc made in 1973 by French director Claude Faraldo  was one …

Sizes do matter (1)

Please indulge me first to get off on the title of this entry. After long and hard deliberation I was a bit dazed and weary to use the original title. In the end I decided that “Size Does Matter” might attract too many enhancement seeking net-surfers. This entry is not about sex, it is about “the perfect poster size” and a bit about the wonderful time in cinema history in the 1950’s when you could made exploitation movies just by …

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WILD WILD WINTER CLEARANCE SALE – IT’S A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

Haven’t written a lot lately. Had several writer blocks and too much other stuff on my mind. Not only too much stuff on my mind, but also too much stuff in my house and office. Time for some winter cleaning. I could not pick a better time. Not only can I get rid of stuff, I can also help others in these troublesome times, so here is the pitch: IT’S A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS! Days  are short, nights are long, …

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Fukushima Mon Amour Revisited – Monsters, Mankind and Nature

I still have to give a little background for the current exhibit. Since the opening of the gallery I’ve been lucky to acquire a half sheet poster from the original GODZILLA movie. That in itself is enough reason to write a bit more about the whys of the exhibit. GODZILLA – THE CATHARSIS FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR is not just a collection of monsters. To start with the first GODZILLA movie made in 1954 by Ishiro Honda is not just another …

Interview designer Graham Humphreys

  Filmonpaper published a very nice interview with British designer Graham Humphreys. Humphreys has made some excellent designs for several interesting horror movies as well as illustrations for New Musical Express. As it happened he designed the sleeve of IS NOTHING SACRED?  by the LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH that I still have lying around somewhere. Here’s the article: An Interview with Graham Humphreys

The Importance Of Being Artist

Pretty close to the opening of MOVIE INK. now, but I have to put in this entry first of some recent acquisitions. One of the more pleasing aspects of European movie posters is that the artist or studio responsible for the artwork often is credited on the poster. I like to know as much as possible about my posters and a known artist is an indispensable source of information. Not only can it shine a light on how a design …

Coming soon! MOVIE INK. The Gallery

I took a few snaps of the future workspace of MOVIE INK. in the Palmdwarsstraat 40 in Amsterdam. I’m sharing the space with a friend of mine. She uses the top part for her BEADS HEAVEN jewelry workshops, I use the entree for the exhibitions and other miscellaneous activities. We will have an official opening June 25th. [slideshow]

The Thief of Bagdad and shortage of paper

Hi and welcome to my blog. I’ve started this one to complement the one I started on blogspot: http://www.moviestillsbyhazardousoperations.blogspot.com/. I found myself a bit restricted on subject matter on that one and wanted to go a bit further. I decided to keep that one and stay within the limits I set myself beforehand. All the other stuff I’ll stick on this one. So, first entry. Last November I went to London for the 50th anniversary of the release of the …