Poster title: Jaws
Artist: Kastel, Roger (1931-)
Poster Year: 1975
Poster Origin: US
Film title: Jaws
Film Year: 1975
Film Origin: USA
Film Directors: Steven Spielberg
Film Plot: When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.
Grade: C6 Fine. Folded, single-sided. Prior to linen backing this was a theater used poster with moderate handling/edge/fold wear, two pieces of tape in the top margin and one at the bottom, misfold at the center folds resulting in a slight diamond pattern, ink breaks were touched up with acid-free conservation safe water color pencils. After an expert restoration the flaws are nearly invisible and it appear near mint.
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This was the movie that set the mold for the modern summer blockbuster. While during this time frame it was common for other countries to use their own art for film posters, Roger Kastel’s iconic shark design was so impactful that it was used near universally (only a few exceptions in Eastern European). In fact, the original shark image was first designed for the paperback edition of Peter Benchley’s novel while Kastel was employed with Bantam Books — Universal was so taken with the design that it was used unchanged.
The amazing Kastel design on this US 1-sheet has elevated it to one of the most widely recognized and desireable posters in the history of the medium.