NEW EXHIBIT ONSCHENDBARE GENADE (STATE OF GRACE)

NEW EXHIBIT in SICK SMELL OF SUCCESS: ONSCHENDBARE GENADE – DREYERS D’ARC DECONSTRUCTED November 3rd to December 7th 2018 90 years ago La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, arguably the world’s first art movie, was made in France by Danish director Carl Theodore Dreyer. As critic Noel Burch has observed the movie has the uncompromisingly awareness that spatio-temperal continuity in film is a convention and that orientation to filmic space is obtained through artifice. In Onschendbare genade (State of Grace) we …

STOP THE PRESSES!

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.

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IT’S TREACHERY WHAT ‘S OUT THERE

Sixth column for the 126th issue (the June/July 2017 film noir special) of Schokkend Nieuws. BY WIM JANSEN: The filmposterprofessor is a bit uneasy with film noir posters. The genre film noir was invented at the time the movies themselves weren’t made anymore. So what about the posters? What can you say about those? It wasn’t before the 1970’s that serious attempts were made to analyze the genre. In Film Noir: Reference to the American style (1979, edited by Alain …

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 …

SOPHIA AT BRUNO’S

Just popped in BRUNO’S, former neighbor of the gallery and coffee guru. A place with fantastic coffee needs some eye candy. No better choice of course than SOPHIA LOREN to pimp the walls. And a good excuse to post this classic song once more.

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 …

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STING IN THE TAIL

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 …

AMSTERDAMNED 2016 Starts Today

Quick post! Today starts AMSTERDAMNED 2016 in Kriterion. AMSTERDAMNED 2016 is a new 3-day genrefestival organized by old friend Jan “Mister Horror” Doense. The festival kicks off with a 28th year celebration of cult classic AMSTERDAMNED directed by Dick Maas. I put up a few posters from both Mr. Horror’s collection and mine. It’s nice! Have a look and watch a few movies while you’re there!  

THAT’S IT, NO MORE INK.

Yes, my good friend Dave Navarro could not have said it better. Today is the last day MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM is open at the Palmdwarsstraat. The archives and most of the collection are already moved. It’s a question of clearing up and out now. If you have pressing poster needs today is the day to get a bargain. From tomorrow onwards it will be “by appointment only” at my new address at the Zwanenburgwal 92. Maybe I see you there …

MOVING ON BUT DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

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 …

GO JOHNNY GO! – MOVIE INK. CLOSED THIS WEEKEND

Well it’s Billy really and he’s gone already. Gone to Terschelling for the 25 year anniversary of HEARTBREAK HOTEL. There will be music and much rejoicing with old friends, I’ll even blurt out a few songs myself. It’s gonna be something, so I’m not back before Monday. Have a great weekend and never forget that: Wim (once more Love Burning’ Billy, but for the weekend only)

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 …

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 …

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WANTED! STOLEN STILLS PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC

Yes, 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Back! The return of MOVIE INK. and SCHOKKEND NIEUWS benefit

Yes MIA is open again. The site’s been down for a while due to hackers. I’ve been down as well, not so much by hackers, but by a surgeon. However, we’ve risen just in time to let you know about the SCHOKKEND NIEUWS benefit night tomorrow evening in the Nieuwe Anita. More details here on Facebook. There’s gonna be drinks, a quiz and an auction. Entry fee is € 6,50. Of course MOVIE INK. has donated the odd bits to add …

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THE PASSION OF JOAN Of ARC, ED PELSTER and THE DUTCH FILM LEAGUE

I found these wonderful stills of LE PASSION DE JEANNE D’ARC directed by Carl Theodore Dreyer in 1928: The stills are printed on thick stock and are 15,5 by 11,5 inches in size. That for a start is rather rare and curious. As i started to research these I stumbled upon an interesting story. A few stills had two stamps on the back, one from the NEDERLANDS FILMINSTITUUT and one from EDUARD PELSTER CULTUURFILMS. That made me curious. The NEDERLANDS FILMINSTITUUT was …

IT’S ABOUT IDENTITY, STUPID! Exhibit from February 27th to April 11th

You have missed yesterday’s event in the ART KITCHEN CULT CLUB’S  fantastic temporary outlet at platform 1 and 2 at Amsterdam RAI train station. It was all a bit quick. In any case you can still see some of the international political posters that MOVIE★INK. AMSTERDAM provided. They are on view for the next two months while the trains whiz by. It’s the kickoff of a new political season. From February 27th we have a re-make / re-model of our earlier …

MOVIE INK. closed January 31st – away for Japanese delights in Rotterdam

MOVIE INK. is closed this weekend as I’m heading to the Rotterdam Filmfestival once again for my yearly Japanese fix. Already had a lovely time with Miike Takeshi’s AS THE GODS WILL. More fun is to be had with M’s OVER YOUR DEAD BODY and Sion Sono’s TOKYO TRIBE. Who needs Hollywood or European arthouse if you can watch this?      

THE ANTI-POSE

Yes it is here and there is no escape! The jury has spoken and it’s fair to say there never was a jury as divided as this. It’s a good thing I did not put them in a room together or there would have been a raucous. That I could not have handled, especially with the WordPress problems I’m encountering at the moment. I’m truly sorry I am so late with the result for the BLOW-UP OF ALL PROPORTIONS competition. …

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TO BE NATURAL IS SUCH A VERY DIFFICULT POSE TO KEEP UP

Ah, wise words of Oscar Wilde indeed. Fortunately that didn’t deter too many attendees at the opening of BLOW-UP OF ALL PROPORTIONS to compete for the best pose. Here’s a selection of the photographs taken. These will be judged by our locally grown jury. The winner will be announced next week.  

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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 …

I love Paris in the fall – MOVIE INK. closed this Saturday

Hi all, if you had planned on sneaking a visit this saturday, then I have to disappoint you. We are off for the annual movie fair in Argenteuil, Paris. It’s gonna be fun once more I’m sure. As scarce consolation for my absence I can offer you this merry ditty.    

THIS FALL I’M GONNA GET ORGANIZIZED

Yes, it’s done! The dates for our final exhibits this year have been set. As it is 102 years ago Michelangelo Antonioni was born and it’s 48 years ago that BLOWUP was released our next exhibit is BLOW UP OF ALL PROPORTIONS. That makes a grand total of 150 years of remembering. Opening day will be Saturday October 11th, so don’t forget to mention THAT to your personal assistant. We’ll have lots of different styles for this title as well …

Life in the old dog yet

Ha! or woof! if you like. It’s been a bit quiet here. I haven’t had much inspiration to write or organize in the last months. Main reason for this is the continuing noise and darkness of building activities round here. We’ve had scaffolding here for months and it felt like years. However it seems to be  finished in our street and I’ve just returned from  holidays in lovely Denmark, so there’s light and space in the old head. It will …

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 …

JODOROWSKY in EYE at IMAGINE and a little bit in MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM

JODOROWSKY! was my first reaction to the news that Alejandro Jodorowsky  is coming to the IMAGINE FILMFESTIVAL this week. Not only is his new movie LA DANZA DE REALIDAD on view as is the documentary JODOROWSKY’s DUNE, he is also presented with the CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Unfortunately I’m not able to see the man myself as I seem to have too little time lately. Good thing of the gallery walls of MOVIE INK. is that they can quickly be adjusted …

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 …

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Extra! Extra! Schokkend Nieuws

Jawel, eindelijk is het zo ver. MOVIE★INK. op papier in de verzamelaarsspecial van fanzine Schokkend Nieuws.   Yeah, finally MOVIE★INK. on paper! Small article in the fanzine Schokkend Nieuws.

GOODFELLAS 2: REVENGE OF THE WHITE COLLAR NERDS

Managed to avoid the early reviews of WOLF OF WALL STREET, hurray! Just walked out of the cinema, the beautiful Tuschinski.  Going to watch it another time to and find some more flavours as you all know that a Scorsese movie is something to taste over and over again.   Okay verdict, I wasn’t shouting in the streets afterwards with pure excitement, but it was fun! Minor point: dare I say it, it was too long. I think I’m starting to …

WILD WILD WINTER SALE – THE THIRD COMING

DISCOUNTS ON MOVIE POSTERS, PHOTOS, BOOKS AND MAGAZINES FROM 20% UP TO A 100 % IF YOU USE YOUR HEAD RIGHT Yes it’s that time of the year again to let go of some stuff. From now to the end of January it’s our annual WILD WILD WINTER SALE. You can expect the usual hot drinks and odd snacks and discounts up to 20 % in the shop. For those who are wrong and prefer to stay at home there’s …

WALL FOR SALE! and coming events

Just 2 days left for the exhibit of THE WORLDWIDE CONTEXT OF THE MAGIC CENTRE. Sunday the WALL OF PROTEST is going down. As a NEW YEAR’s special the entire wall (which means all the posters on the wall, not the actual wall) is for sale for 5000 euros. Yes, just 5000 euros for a collection of some of the best protest posters of the last century. For a quick glance check the picture gallery on THIS blogpost. This is …

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About the Worldwide Context Of The Magic Centre

Born in 1963 I can’t say I’m a sixties child, I haven’t experienced the free love, I wasn’t part of the flower people.  I do however remember as a little boy participating in Vietnam protest marches alternately shouting “Johnson murderer!” and “Nixon murderer!” In a sense I have a connection here with the sixties and the Provo movement as it took up its intellectual role of militancy. Doing this the movement laid a groundwork for the early 1970’s with its anti-establishment/anti-state …

The Worldwide Context of the Magic Centre

From Friday November 29th we have a different exhibit on show, quite different as a matter of fact. MOVIE★INK. AMSTERDAM is joining forces with several other venues for the AMSTERDAM MAGIC CENTRE event organized by De Cult Club focusing on the PROVO-movement. For the event MOVIE★INK. AMSTERDAM and Cine Qua Non provide a few posters for the main venue in the NRC building at the Rokin. Cine Qua Non will show psychedelic music posters and at MOVIE★INK. AMSTERDAM I will build and show a …

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HAMMER TIME! MOVIE INK. is closed this weekend

MOVIE INK. is closed this weekend as I’m off to London for a long weekend, nothing serious just visiting friends. As luck will have it my friends haven’t quite the edge they used to have. This means that after only two nights of drinking they feel the need to be pampered like some delicate diva’s in some spa Saturday afternoon. That gives me the time to sneak off and visit the London Film Memorabilia Convention in Westminster where I will …

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 …

Newsletter september: Ode to Sylvia Kristel in Utrecht and Cinglés du Cinema in Paris

Hi all, just a quick line to let you know that MOVIE INK. is at the Paris fair Cinglés du Cinema from Friday September 27th until Sunday 29th. We had a great time last year, so we had to be there again. If you are there too be sure to email us your want-list. This time we will bring a selection of stills with/by STEVE McQUEEN, GONE WITH THE WIND, JOHN STURGES, STAR WARS, VINCENTE MINNELLI, TINTO BRAS and FELLINI. No problems …

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, …

We have a winner!

  Quick post to inform you about the PSYCHOTIC WOMAN contest. The deadline has passed as have our holidays, so we can share the results. There was a fair amount of entries, but next time we like even more. Here are the answers to the question “WHO ARE THE PSYCHOTIC WOMEN IN THE WINDOW?” And the winner is ……… Rene Kaule from Amsterdam, congratulations!

MOVIE INK. is at the Antwerp Convention next Sunday

Hi, Sunday April 28 we are at the Antwerp Convention. It promises to be a great event and we hope to see you there. If you are planning to visit as well, drop us a line if you want us to bring stuff you’re particularly interested in. After the event we will dismantle our current exhibit and prepare for the next one, LA LUTTE CONTINUE. We celebrate the 45th birthday of the Paris student revolt of1968 with a selection of …

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PSYCHOTIC WOMEN COMPETITION

IMAGINARIUM of PSYCHOTIC WOMEN is closing soon, but not before a small competition is launched. The competition is simple enough. For the exhibit we have wrapped the gallery windows in old newspapers to create a peepshow effect. On those old newspapers we’ve mounted twelve stills. All you have to do is recognize the actresses and the films of those stills. It is not an easy task, but don’t worry. The winner is the one who manages the most right answers, …

MOVIE INK.’s IMAGINARIUM of PSYCHOTIC WOMEN APRIL 13 – APRIL 27

Our next exhibit parallels the Imagine Filmfestival held this year at the EYE filmmuseum from April 8 to April 17. We zoom in on the theme of the HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN inspired by Kier-La Janesse’s eponymous book. For those who haven’t yet, buy it quickly, it is cheap and interesting and a fantastic guide to watch and re-watch classic and recent shockers, thrillers and dramas. Our count is now on 25 after The PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK, CARRIE and DON’T …

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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 …

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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 …

R.I.P. Edwin Visser

Usually I don’t do this, but thought it only fitting to pause a moment and reflect about the sad news of the sudden death of Edwin Visser. I only met him once and I like to leave the eulogies to those who knew him well, for example here. In the one meeting we had, Edwin showed his colours as a passionate film lover and a true genre film maker. We talked about how hard it was in the Netherlands to …

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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 …

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 …

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STILL LIFE – the flipside side of glamour

Please don’t forget to attend the opening June 16th at 4 PM of STILL LIFE – the flipside of glamour. This new exhibit offers a few insights in the glamour period that is the fifties and early sixties when everything still was innocent, colourful, happy and sexist. This light side of the period will be highlighted by how the movie industry liked to represent women in still photography. One characteristis was the apparent need for family values, for a more …

NEXT EXHIBIT: STILL LIFE – the flipside of glamour

I’m happy to report that MOVIE INK. will have a spanking new exhibit from June 16th. STILL LIFE – the flipside of glamour will be a multi-medial experience by young and talented artists Bas van Wieringen and Anna Zwartjes assisted by found footage of yours truly mixed up all together in the MOVIE INK. bowl. This entry will update frequently with more details, teasers and the inevitable invite to have a drink and a nibble. Wim from MOVIE INK.

COMPETITION TIME!

This Sunday I will be at the film convention in the Tour & Taxis in Brussels as I’ve written earlier in is it weird in here. I thought it would be nice to have a small competition as a small dedication to genrefilms and to add some Facebook friends and blog followers to the gallery. WHAT”S THE COMPETTION? The wikipedia page on exploitation has an extensive listing of genres and subgenres. Your task is easy, make up your own genre …

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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 …

The secret was always in the clockwork – Scorsese’s own Tales Of Hoffmann

Finally, finally, finally I saw HUGO. I’ve been rather expectant of this since October 2010. Those of you have read my blogs earlier, probably know what I’m on about. If not, here a few links: Million Dollar Weekend, Scorsese In Osdorp, Seeing Is Believing and Seeing Is Believing Visited – Hugo and George. Before I saw HUGO my initial excitement had turned to slight trepidation as I heard so many different reactions to the film, not all good ones. So …

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.

Kotoko, slow talking mirrors and Brazilian snuff

That’s the joy of a festival, the sheer international diversity. In Rotterdam the focus on young directors and cinema in non-developing countries brings an always interesting programme of hits and misses. Yesterday I saw three very different films. One of them I had picked beforehand. I really wanted to know what you get when the man who made this and this collaborated with the woman who made this. I’m not getting in review mode here, but I will say this. …

Seeing Is Believing Visited – Hugo and Georges

As I’ve written earlier in Seeing is Believing, I went to the discussion session on Magic In Cinema at the Rotterdam Film Festival. As it happened I should have taken that literally. Focal point of the discussion was the magic being used in HUGO and the authenticity of the film against the background of the importance of Méliès in cinema history. Contributors to the discussion were art historian Theodore van Houten (father of actresses Jelka and Carice), filmcollector Serge Bromberg of …

Seeing is believing

If all goes well I’ll be in Rotterdam tonight for the International Film Festival. My friend Rick is “moderating” a discussion about magic in film and it looked like a good plan to go together and discuss several aspects of this theme. I’d like to go into more detail, but as I am stupid I’m just not able to find this part of the programme on the IFFR-site. All I know is that three persons will debate this topic and …

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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Gallery Features – Posters for sale

Somewhat reluctantly I’ve added a FOR SALE category. I did not want to combine general poster talk with sales pitches, but one of the purposes of the gallery is to sell stuff…..  As I don’t have the know-how to make a decent site designed for selling, I’ll try to stir some interest via this FOR SALE category. I’ll call the entries GALLERY FEATURES, so if you don’t want to be bothered by them, you don’t have to. To start off …

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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, …

Video portraits and Future Pass

It’s always good to refresh the soul as it were by going on a trip. Even more so if your iPhone is stolen for the second time in a row attending a Gogol Bordello gig. Eugene if you read this, you can take this gypsy punk thing a bit too far.. ROBERT WILSON – SALZBURG First stop this year has been Salzburg. The skies of Mozart’s place of birth were black and there was rain, but that did not matter …

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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

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MOVIE INK. is open – Fukushima Mon Amour

Well that was nice.  Yesterday MOVIE INK. officially opened and the first exhibition is launched. It was quite tough to decide what to have as an exhibition as the gallery is quite small. Also it had to be something that encapsulates what MOVIE INK. should be, that is fun with a serious tone or serious stuff with a tone of irony. I don’t want MOVIE INK. to be a static place with alarms everywhere, because the “collection is so valuable”. …

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 …

UPDATE ON OPENING MOVIE INK.

MOVIE INK. opens officially with a drink Saturday July 2nd between 15.00 and 18.00 hours at the Palmdwarsstraat 40 in Amsterdam.   FlyerOpening

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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 …

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]

Scorsese In Osdorp (4)

Last part of the article for the Filmjaarboek 2010-2011 Crappy English Marijke Boonstra’s first film for Pim en Wim, Obsessions aka Bezeten – het gat in de muur from 1969, is the second link between Scorsese and Amsterdam. Obsessions was the first feature of de la Parra as a director and was quite ambitious as a project. After a few commercial failures $corpio Films needed a success. obsessions was meant to be English spoken and de la Parra asked Scorsese …

Scorsese In Osdorp (3)

THE CROSSROADS Scorsese has become the ultimate smuggler, after a brief early period of icon clashing. In that period he made mean streets, taxi driver and raging bull, founded in the New York of his younger years with the rules of the Italian community, the church and the local underworld. He followed up on his earlier successes with a few commercial failures, like new york, new york.  Eventually he chose for the more mainstream cinema of Hollywood and adapting to …

Scorsese In Osdorp (2)

Here part 2 of my article for the Filmjaarboek 2010-2011. MUSE “One could have an aspiration of making a film about impressions or feeling, emotions. But they have to be translated through a very primitive piece of equipment and they have to be as ephemeral as your dreams. Yet, it has to go through hard lenses and hard concrete and hard cables and projectors and lights. But it’s gotta be like dreamlike, it’s gotta be wispy, it’s gotta be something …

Scorsese In Osdorp

I wrote this article for the Dutch Filmjaarboek 2010-2011 which is published a short time ago. I’ve translated it in English. As it is quite long I will post in chapters, so I can add pics and stuff later on. For you guys who do read Dutch here is one critique from Movie2Movie.nl. Here it goes, I hope you enjoy it. Martin Scorsese Smuggler In Osdorp A lesser known episode from Martin Scorsese’s career, who’s SHUTTER ISLAND was shown in …

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. …

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 …