THE HORSE ATE THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT

I love old movies. However talking with friends about old movies I find myself in discussions on the Ferrari in Risky Business or the DeLorean in Back to the Future. Come on people, I’m talking about old movies, not yesterday’s fare. It’s lonely sometimes, sniff. Who for example has heard of LE CHAPEAU DE PAILLE D’ITALIE aka THE HORSE ATE THE HAT or THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT? Not many. To be perfectly honest, until a few weeks ago I knew of …

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 …

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 …

MOVIE INK. has FILMKRANT press archive

Geez, did not realize it’s almost three months since my last post. No excuses, but it has been a bit hectic. MOVIE INK. has acquired the press archive of the FILMKRANT and that takes a lot of time and space. All in all we managed to transfer 17 filing cabinets from the fourth floor of a very tall building to the gallery. As from now there is no more storage space left. I was quite keen to acquire the archive, …

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Forward, with not forgetting…

In these sombre autumnal days I need something more than my usual Vitamin C tablets to get me going. Reading papers and watching television in The Netherlands sure don’t help. Crisis sells and we are buying. What a mean spirited place this little country can be. “Bah, humbug!” I say. To lift my spirits I have uploaded a first batch of political posters from the Davidson-collection. Posters from the time I was a happy youngster, living in a completely different …

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 …

Steef Davidson Collection – The music psychedelics of The San Francisco Five

Having grown up in the more nihilistic era of punk, I used not to care for the counterculture period of the late sixties, especially the hippy music of those days. The overindulgence of excessive soloing and seemingly pointless improvisation only inspired a rebellious disdain for these hairy old dinosaurs. The rebellious nature of the counterculture movement itself I did not recognize. Beards, long hair and flared trousers simply weren’t cool. These sentiments have grown a bit more balanced over the …

MOVIE INK. acquired collection Steef Davidson

Been very busy this week after acquiring the poster collection of Steef Davidson in partnership with Cine Qua Non. Steef Davidson was a driven political artist and poster collector who sadly died a few years ago. This link here is his obituary by the International Institute for Social History and this one a loving memoriam by some of his friends. We are very happy with this collection, even in the knowledge that before our acquisition key parts of this collection …

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 …

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 …

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To Conquer Fear Is The Beginning Of Wisdom

And why not quote Bertrand Russell as a tag line for a few recent acquisitions. Of course Russell meant something more than just overcoming fear in a controlled environment as a movie theatre. Fear is one of man’s primal emotions. It’s negative and brings loss of control. Overcoming fear is acquiring knowledge. Fear is synonymous with a lack of knowledge. Basically Russell’s argument is that fear for the unknown is not a problem, fear is the unknown. Therefore fear breeds …

Greetings From Hollywood (2)

Either WordPress does not allow multiple galleries in a single entry or I’m an even bigger computer illiterate than I thought. Anyway I wasn’t quite ready yet with all my new posters. Other favourites of mine were also included in the tube I received. Terry Gilliam and the Coen Brothers are certainly flawed geniuses. Some of their movies are simply brilliant. Other titles are generally considered to be suffering from some kind of indulgence and I really like directors who …

Greetings From Hollywood (1)

  This week I finally got my package from Hollywood. That’s Hollywood, Florida I should add. Alas I haven’t the necessary pull in Hollywood, California yet to fulfil my movie advertising campaign needs straight from the source. Since a short time I trade with a fellow poster collector. Modern posters are not really my bag and this poster addiction takes up enough of my time and money already.  This trade gets me some nice designs I would not otherwise get. …