STOP THE PRESSES! THE SICK SMELL OF SUCCESS OPENS IN MARCH 2018

the sick smell of succes

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. Inspired by the sticky atmosphere Amsterdam city center is now famous for, the magical combination of chocolate, cheese and sex, we call our space THE SICK SMELL OF SUCCESS If you can …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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) …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …