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MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM AT BRUSSELS FILMFESTIVAL

This Sunday (June 19th) we will attend the fair at the Brussels Filmfestival in the Batiment Flagey at St. Croix Place. Here’s some more info. We will have our regular stuff of posters and stills. Join us if you are in the area! We will travel Saturday to pick up some of the atmosphere of the festival and Belgium’s match against Ireland. That means we will close up shop early at 4 PM this Saturday.

MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM GALLERY CLOSES in PALMDWARSSTRAAT

It was in the air for a while, but now it’s inescapable. MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM will have to close at the Palmdwarsstraat 40. After losing (apparently literally) a few million euros the Council of Amsterdam decided to reduce the deficit by selling property rented out to small creatives. I don’t want to be too spiteful here, but i have to say the procedure was shameful, leaving the tenants in the dark for as long as possible. In the end we were not given a decent chance to acquire the property ourselves not getting the opportunity for first or even equalizing bid. I put up a bid that was close to uncomfortable, but turned out to be chancenlos. There’s no stopping big money.

Anyway time to rethink and refocus, but first to relocate. I will be busy finding alternative space, but don’t expect to return soon with a set up similar to the current gallery. I don’t have a leave date yet, so MIA will stay open for a few months, but you will have to excuse me for not doing exhibits n the near future. Events have caused a lack of my usual vim and vigour.

Is this the end of Rico?

Wim

MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM

 

FELLE KLEUREN EN GOEDKOPE SYMBOLIEK – LANCERING SCHOKKEND NIEUWS #118 ZATERDAG 13 februari

Ha, een post in Nederlands voor de verandering. Aangezien het alweer honderdenachttiende nummer van SCHOKKEND NIEUWS is gewijd aan posterkunst vindt de feestelijke lancering van het nummer plaats in MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM. En wel zaterdag 13 februari vanaf 14.00 uur.

Na een korte introductie van SN-hoofdredacteur Barend, geef ik een flashpresentatie (kort dus) over de kunst van (met name Italiaans) poster design. Voor de aankleding van de middag haal ik tijdelijk wat posters van de GODFATHERS OF MOVIE ART van de muur om wat ruimte te maken voor wat meer recente shock and awe ontwerpers in het kader van het Enzo Sciotti-interview in SN#118. Verwacht een gezellige filmborrel in een entourage van felle kleuren en goedkope symboliek.

Uiteraard kun je meteen losse nummers kopen van Schokkend Nieuws of abonnee worden en als je er toch bent, kun je meteen ook een originele filmposter of still kopen voor fantastische, griezelig lage of juist monsterlijke bedragen.

Oh ja, het is een borrel en daarom vragen we (in tegenstelling tot de reguliere openingen in MIA) een kleine bijdrage voor consumpties.

Tot zaterdag,

Wim van MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM

 

WANTED! STOLEN STILLS PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC

Passion de Jeanne d'Arc StBW*2 Passion de Jeanne d'Arc StBW*7Yes, both PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC stills shown here are stolen.  I’m just about to recover from the Cingles du Cinema fair in Argenteuil last weekend and the ensuing flu attack. All in all it was a smaller, but fine meet with lovely people.

I sold quite a lot of stills and posters to quite a lot of people. All good. Some people at the fair wonder why I meticulously write up any sale of any poster or still including any production code or distinguishing mark. I do that of course because I’m first and foremost a collector and I keep a digital archive next to the actual stuff. Without writing it up, the digital and real archive won’t match. This of course takes a lot of time and when you are still living the “Flu-da Loca” frankly it’s a bitch. So when I first found out something was amiss, I checked several times if i had made a mistake or mislaid a few items.

Alas no, someone at the fair abused my trust and the trust of any seller to swipe at least these stills – I have to check my other more rare stills and don’t look forward to do that-. These stills for Dreyer’s PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC are rare, so they should arrest attention. Needless to say they are some of the best shots of the title in my collection.I post them here in full 300 dpi so you can really see the details. Please let me know if you come across them. Dear swiper, in the event that you mistakenly slipped them with your rightful gotten pile or indeed took them because you could not contain yourself and now feel bad about it, please send them anonymously to MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM, Palmdwarsstraat 40, 1015 HV Amsterdam. Those who attend the fair know that I like to take with me and show rare objects. Please don’t let me loose trust, so I still feel happy to do so in the future.

 

Wim

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 the film and I knew that it was a rather famous movie in its time made by an “important” director Rene Clair, but I had never actually seen it.

I guess that’s the reason why it took some time to realize that the rather interesting little pile of old stills I found from the same source of an earlier were all from the same movie. Ed Pelster struck again! (check out the PASSION post for this story) I could not find a copy quickly enough, so I decided to watch the version on youtube you can see at the bottom of this post. THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT is a wonderful movie with great timing with a few but great surreal scenes that enhances the simple but beautiful narrative. I love the scene where the hero ALBERT PREJEAN recounts his woes to the cuckolded husband in the form of a stageplay in the film. Now don’t take my word for it, here’s a review from cinemalane that is pretty near the mark and here’s another one from early&silentfilm. One word of warning, of course you can watch the version on Youtube, but that is not one of great quality and only runs 88 minutes or so. Leave the DVD as well and go straight to the 110 minute blu-ray that is reviewed HERE. It’s well worth it.

Now to the stills. They are on sturdy stock and measure approximately 12×9 inches. THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT was released  January 13th 1928 in France. The film was released a year later (January 18th 1929) in The Netherlands through the newly established CENTRAAL BUREAU VOOR LIGAFILMS, yet another Ed Pelster company. CinemaContext -that invaluable tool- registers six showings, the last February 1st 1929. Then the run apparently stopped. I am happy to report that this movie got an 18 Years or older certificate from the censor due to “marital infidelity shown” December 10th 1929. Though I haven’t found more evidence for that assumption the run of the movie was probably cut short through moral complaints and/or lack of public attendance. It appears the film was then later brought to the censor for showings in early 1930 notably in De Uitkijk, the residence of the FILMLIGA. The movie fitted well in the believes and preferences of that group as it was produced by FILMS ALBATROS a company of huge importance for the wave of French impressionism with its talent mix of Russian refugees and young French avant-gardists.  All stills have the FILMS ALBATROS logo in the bottom right corner and the censor stamp in the right top corner, so at least they were used for the 1930 release. They are approximately 12×9 inches on sturdy paper. They are in pretty good shape with only a few pinholes in the corners, obviously not used much due to the short runs of the movie and the fact that Ed Pelster kept a pretty close watch on his wares. You never know if you can use them again… If anything, he had a meticulous sense of thrift. Good for him and good for me! They are gorgeous.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM0NsEX46b0

 

MAN WHO LAUGHS TRANSSYLVANIAN MAGIC FIND at MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM

It’s not often that you stumble upon something really rare and exciting, but lately I can’t complain. After the exciting search to the origins of a set of rare stills for the PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC you can read again HERE, I found recently another exciting set of silent stills, this time for Rene Clair’s A HORSE ATE A HAT. I will add another post about these in a few days.

Today though I have something really special. I’m sad to say that it’s not mine as I don’t have the funds for something like that. However I have it in consignment. It’s a rare one-of-a-kind poster, a Romanian poster for the Universal silent classic THE MAN WHO LAUGHS starring CONRAD VEIDT and directed by Paul Leni. I have never seen a copy before.

The poster is designed by Hungarian artist Imre Földes. Imagine that! a silent horror classic poster designed by a real Transsylvanian. It’s for sale of course and I would urge any interesting party to contact me through this site. Please bear in mind that I have to communicate with the consignor first before I can seal any deal. The poster has a few moisture spots at the bottom, some misfolding, a tear repaired with tape on the back, some tearing middle top repaired with tape on back, the usual fold wear and is (rather haphazardly) trimmed at the folds without damaging the image. It measures 79 x 112,5 centimeters. I made a few quick snapshots with my iPhone, better shots are in the works.

Wim

SCHOKKEND NIEUWS LAUNCH SPECIAL POSTER EDITION, PARIS FAIR AND MORE GODFATHERS

The GODFATHERS OF MOVIE ART exhibit, by popular demand gets a refreshed extended run early 2016 with a change of some of the posters. The new refreshed exhibit will run until March 6th, so more time to acquaint yourself with the work of Italy’s greatest designers.

However it’s time again as well for the biggest movie poster fair in Europe, the CINGLES DU CINEMA in Argenteuil. This year it’s held on the 29th and 30th of January. MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM is closed on these dates.

Other exciting news is that MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM will host the launch of the next edition of SCHOKKEND NIEUWS. Number #118 is a special poster edition with articles on NICOLAS WINDING REFN’s poster book The Act Of Seeing and interviews with designers GILLES VRANCKX (Mondo, Mondo Macabro, Death Waltz Records, Arrow) and ENZO SCIOTTI who really does not need any introduction.

The launch will take place Saturday February 13th from 2 PM. For this occasion the Godfathers exhibit will be taken down shortly and replaced with work of ENZO SCIOTTI and a few designers one or two generations his senior RENATO CASARO and SANDRO SYMEONI. That surely should take care enough of a shock wow factor for the launch. Time for the SIX SHEET of MORIRAI A MEZZANOTTE aka MIDNIGHT KILLER!

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MIDNIGHT KILLER ITALIAN SIX PANEL by ENZO SCIOTTI

MIDNIGHT KILLER ITALIAN SIX PANEL by ENZO SCIOTTI

 

 

MEET YOUR FIXER! One day exhibit in BRAKKE GROND Saturday 19th 2015

The organizers of MEET YOUR MAKER asked MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM to dress the event for the day with a small exhibit. Of course I said yes as there is no space MIA won’t fill with posters given half a chance. It’s gonna be a challenge as I only have two hours and two very unforgiving walls to work with that are rock hard with a meter high acoustic panel smack in the middle.

MEET YOUR MAKER is an event to promote the Dutch and Belgian genre-scene organized by Schokkend Nieuws magazine and the Brussels Off Screen Film Fest. Come along, entry fee is 16 euro for the entire day, 10 for the evening programme. Click here for more info.

MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM is also at the event with a table full of genre posters and stills. There will be plenty stuff to fix your collecting needs. If you have acute collecting needs to be fulfilled before Christmas, email me or message through Facebook (MOVIE INK.) as I’m not able to take too much anti-depressants with me this time. I have a few high-end delicacies with me, but also some cheaper stuff like Belgian and fotobusta posters. For the total down and outs and gutterati there’s also the box of eurotrash and Tiroler porn.

Hope to meet you there!

Oh and before I forget. As I can’t be in two places at the same time, the gallery has limited opening hours Saturday 19th. I won’t be there, but between 2 to 5 PM Number One Son will take care of you.

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 at the Academia de Belle Arti in the early twentieth century. From the 1930’s onward they infused movie poster art – which until then was still highly stylized, like the art deco advertising posters from that time- with rich, high drama inspired by their background as painter artists.
To manage the enormous workload they acquired during the explosion of the popularity of cinema in Italy in the 1930’s, they decided to combine forces and founded B.C.M.

Some of the most expensive movie posters are designs by these men. These will not be on show as your local exhibitor has not only just a small purse, he also thinks that such extravaganza is beside the point. The exhibit aims to be a showcase of the high drama that the art of BCM represents, while at the same time the differences in style can be spotted. It’s an attempt to put forward the “art” aspects of the poster in stead of aspects of film history or commercial value.

So, marvel at the use of crazy colour schemes, movement and rhythm that all three masters deliver and spot the differences between the baroque wide-eyed histrionics and use of dark and light by Anselmo Ballester, the more organized use of bigger and smaller objects combined with streamlined title design by Luigi Martinati and the slightly more delicate use of fine lines and portraits with an extra helping of galloping horses, stagecoaches and other vehicles. In later posts I will elaborate on these features.

Remember on opening day I offer a nice selections of drinks, nibbles and music as well as pleasures for the eye. Not the usual fair of warmish beer, prosecco and orange juice, but some nice stuff as well. So, be there! I promiss I won’t say ciao!!

movie poster exhibition

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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 my opinion one of the best Sophia Loren posters around. These posters will eventually be for sale, but not quite yet.

I am busy at the moment filling the webshop with other Italian posters acquired recently. A few examples here that will pop up there soon. I will also add  a few smaller items like Japanese programs and stills.

Now back to the bat cave.

 

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