Although there’s a teeny-weeny chance I might extend my stay at the Palmdwarsstraat I’m making a move. As chances are slim amyways I had to find at least a place to store the collection and archive. I found something in the center of Amsterdam which makes it possible to do some trade albeit by appointment only. Alas for exhibits I have to explore other avenues. Leaving the Palmdwarsstraat means I have to cut short these activities for the moment.

Even worse news, CINE QUA NON in the Staalstraat is having its closing party today for the very worst reasons as my dear friend Eric is in seriously bad health. So Amsterdam has no movie paper showplaces anymore. And to make matters worse I heard the news that the ever helpful and boisterous Adrian Cowdry ended his own life.

Fortunately there’s joy even in the worst of times. I’ve been sweating on my second column on movie posters for the magazine SCHOKKEND NIEUWS – get your subscription here -. The first piece is published last month. I will post a translated version on the blog when the next issue of SN is on sale.

Next week Saturday September 17th it’s the London Film Convention at Westminster where I will show off part of my latest pleasure. My good friend, filmmaker and former journalist Thijs Ockersen visited in the early 1970’s the sets of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER and DRACULA AD 1972 and took the opportunity to take some rare behind the scene photographs. More details on these events in a later post.

As it is now 45 years ago that DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was made I’ve selected 4 shots of Thijs’ negatives for an exclusive printing. The prints are 30×40 centimeter and individually handprinted by the awesome SILVER-HANDS, one of the last remaining maverick craftsmen. We make 10 sets of 4 prints that are signed by photographer Thijs Ockersen. I will have one set with me in London.

So, do yourself a favor and visit the MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM set-up at Westminster. Hope to see you there or maybe sometime somewhere else.


PS The still in the header of this post is an enlargement of a handheld mobile phone shot of a contact sheet. The deluxe set is extremely crisp and sharp I assure you.

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