Battle of Algiers
1967 Japanese STB 20x57" (51x145cm)
Grade: Very Good to Fine
English title: Battle of Algiers
Poster title: アルジェの戦い
Poster Year: 1967
Poster Origin: Japanese
Size: STB 20x57" (51x145cm)
Film title: La Battaglia di Algeri
Film Year: 1966
Film Directors: Gillo Pontecorvo
Film Plot: In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.
Grade: C5 Very Good to Fine. Folded, single-sided. Top C5: Heavily used poster with handling, edge, and surface wear, multiple misfolds, lots of dirt on the verso and some water stains at the edge of the tri-folds, writing on back that bleeds through to the front on the neck area. Bottom C7: Theater used poster with handling, edge, and surface wear, multiple misfolds.
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There has probably never been a more pure “race movie” than Steve McQueen’s 1971 Le Mans. When he wasn’t acting, McQueen was a race enthusiast and semi-pro driver. He wanted to make a film that truly showed what it was like to be on the track and in the pits during such a high stakes event. Where other race films fictionalized or dumbed things down to keep the story flowing, Le Mans reveled in the nitty gritty detail. Probably not surprisingly then, Le Mans was a box-office failure upon its release. However, in the years since it has gone on to critical and cult acclaim for its documentary-style, realistic portrayal of racing and its inherent dangers — and likely influenced every single race movie that followed it! Sadly, McQueen’s affinity for racing is also believed to be responsible for his early death from mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer brought on by exposure to asbestos. As was common for race car drivers of the time, McQueen regularly wore fire-retardant, asbestos lined suits while on the track. And I shudder to even write this given what we know exposure to asbestos today, but its reported that he also used to submerge his cotton face mask in liquid asbestos before racing!
This nearly 5′ tall Japanese STB is one of the most striking posters from McQueen’s most personal film. This poster simply has everything going for it — an awesome red Kanji title, a bold, symmetrical design, and a wonderful minimalist aesthetic with great use of negative space. This large Japanese STB format was originally used along roadsides, intended to be visible to passing motorists. Well, it will surely make a statement in any home as its hands down one of the most sought after titles in this unique format!