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Interview with Maggie Wellman: "My favorite story was father hiring an unknown actor named Gary Cooper"
October 14, 2021

Interview with Maggie Wellman: "My favorite story was father hiring an unknown actor named Gary Cooper"

In this interview Maggie Wellman, daughter of the iconic movie director William A. Wellman and author of the book Falling into the Silence shares her memories growing up in Hollywood, as well as how her father influenced film-making for generations to come.

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Professional Movie Poster Restoration - What to expect
October 11, 2021

Professional Movie Poster Restoration - What to expect

Every vintage movie poster collector knows that professionally repairing antique posters is crucial to conserving them. When customers purchase our posters they have the option to go for poster restoration, poster cleaning, deacidifying, patching, pressing, archival mounting and retouching and of course framing. We can also remove backings, mats, tape and labels, if necessary. In this article we share a poster restoration before-and-after example.

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Movie Review: West Side Story (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961)
October 01, 2021

Movie Review: West Side Story (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961)

The sort of couch footballers who watch matches on the TV in their tracksuits have always made me laugh. But that’s precisely what I should have worn when watching the ultimate cult musical, West Side Story, adapted from the equally famous Broadway musical: I had no idea how much on-screen energy lay in store for me.

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Movie Review: China Clipper (Ray Enright, 1936)
October 01, 2021

Movie Review: China Clipper (Ray Enright, 1936)

Everybody remembers the “funny little voice” asking a pilot forced to land in the desert: 

  • “Please... draw me a sheep!”

And since he couldn’t manage a sheep, being more concerned with mechanical problems than artistic truths, he ended up drawing a plain old crate containing a sleeping sheep. Luigi Martinati did something similar when commissioned to create this poster, giving free rein to his imagination to the detriment of historical accuracy. 

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Movie Review: The Shanghai Drama - Scianghai (1938)
October 01, 2021

Movie Review: The Shanghai Drama - Scianghai (1938)

“Scianghai” in Italian in the 1930s: a title that lashes and stings like a dragon's tail. The victim is on the ground, an angel fallen from a sky licked by the flames of hell. The city is burning and the dragon savours his victory. He surveys his captive, her eyes fixed on the reptilian gaze of a gaunt man with a hideously scarred forehead. 

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Movie Review: Underwater! (1955)
July 31, 2021

Movie Review: Underwater! (1955)

This is not an advertisement for a one-piece swimming costume, but a poster for John Sturges' film Underwater! featuring the voluptuous actress Jane Russell in her finest attire. In 1955, the bikini (named after the Pacific atoll) had not yet invaded beaches. Since an American law (the Hays Code) forbade the showing of bellybuttons on screen, few actresses, apart from Rita Hayworth or Ava Gardner, dared show themselves in this minimalist outfit. 

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Movie Review: Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)
July 31, 2021

Movie Review: Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)

Elvis isn't dead! Immortalised on this poster as three different personas, as a US Navy officer, singer and diver looking for adventure, I ran into him more than once on nights out in the bars of Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong area.

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Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
July 20, 2021

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)

Today I'm going to talk to you about sponges. Not the sort that frenziedly scratch and scrub away at the dark corners of your bathrooms, but the inoffensive animal species that softly cover the world's ocean beds. Although they do, alas, end up marooned on the edge of an ordinary washbasin, left to their sad, utilitarian fate.

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Spot the poster! La Strada, An Affair to Remember, Creature from the Black Lagoon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Roman Holiday in the film Luca.
July 20, 2021

Spot the poster! La Strada, An Affair to Remember, Creature from the Black Lagoon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Roman Holiday in the film Luca.

Although Pixar’s twenty-fourth feature film, Luca, is much too young to feature on our vintage cinema website, classic movie fans will be able to have fun finding their favourite posters camouflaged in the film’s settings. I found five, who can beat that?

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July 11, 2021

Edge Wear, Smudging, Fold Lines and other common Vintage Movie Poster Defects

Vintage movie posters can come with a range of defects. Especially unrestored posters may display signs of use. This article provides an overview of the conditions as described for some of the posters sold on vintage.com

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Movie Review: She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)
July 09, 2021

Movie Review: She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)

"You'll never go in the water again!” Spielberg warned us in one of the posters for his cult film, Jaws. There's no better catchphrase to spoil your holiday. But I'm afraid that hanging the She Gods of Shark Reef poster in your living room, bedroom or bathroom – though not above the bathtub!

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Movie Review: Under the Red Sea (1951)
June 28, 2021

Movie Review: Under the Red Sea (1951)

The Red Sea is a favourite destination for divers, captivated by its translucent waters brimming with a variety of lush flora. However, it does not always live up to its image as an aquatic paradise. The depths of the Red Sea are also home to terrifying underwater monsters...

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Movie Review: The Silent World (1956)
June 28, 2021

Movie Review: The Silent World (1956)

Who hasn’t dreamed of moving freely, unshackled from the laws of gravity, among silent creatures, as fascinating as they are disturbing? 

Simply by looking at the poster, I can already feel my pulse slow, my body and mind soothed by the deep blue which banishes the noise and fury of the outside world. 

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May 31, 2021

How to discover more great classic movies that you may like?

Vintoz may be the best place to purchase vintage movie posters, but what if you want to really dive into the 30s, 40s, or specific genres to find more movies you might fall in love with? FrameTrek is a great starting point. The website provides comprehensive lists of handpicked film collections. This makes it very convenient to learn about movies you might want to watch, and to discover classic pieces you may have never heard of before!

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May 27, 2021

Do you Want to Learn How to Design Movie Posters?

Most of our readers are avid poster collectors, but maybe some of you are interested in actually designing movie posters. Our friends at Postergrind.com can help you out. 

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May 19, 2021

The 10 Best Diving Movies Ever Made

Diving movies hold a special fascination. The unknown, dark deep with all its mysterious creatures has drawn generations of movie enthusiasts and led the creation of some of the most mesmerising screenplays. 

Especially movies shot in the pre-computer age required extraordinary efforts. In this list we introduce our favourite ten diving movies of all times.

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May 04, 2021

How to Tell if a Vintage Movie Poster is Real

Verifying the authenticity of a vintage poster is a complex process. That is because there is not one standard printing process. Here are some of the indicators we typically look for:

Dimensions
Movie posters often come in exact dimensions. So if a poster is supposed to be  27″x 40″, but actually has a different height or width...

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April 11, 2021

Style Your Apartment with Vintage Movie Posters

Vintage movie posters can bring a new mood or mindset to almost any room in the house.

When most people imagine a movie poster hanging on a wall, images of teen bedrooms, university dorms, and starter flats usually spring to mind. In fairness, millions of us threw a poster of our favourite film up when we were still paying off student loans precisely because we were still paying off student loans... 

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April 11, 2021

Every Poster Tells a Story

Most of us would agree that a big part of the dining experience is inextricably woven with ambiance. There’s a reason no one wants to sit too near the kitchen (if it’s not an open kitchen concept), lights too bright or too dim can be irritating, and there’s a fine line between boisterous and rackety...

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March 29, 2021

What are Vintage Movie Posters?

Vintage movie posters are historic movie posters. They are one of the earliest forms of advertising. In general, posters older than 25 years are considered vintage posters. Vintage posters can be rare and very valuable. If well preserved vintage movie posters can be of astonishing quality.

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Which Poster Size is Right for You?
March 29, 2021

Which Poster Size is Right for You?

Posters are made in all different sizes. The size of a poster is affected by when it was printed, for which country it was created and where it was used. There are no universal international standards and this can make things complicated. Picking the right size thus starts by understanding different size options.

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March 28, 2021

Should You Linen-Back Your Movie Posters?

What is Linen-Backing? Linen-backing describes the process of mounting a poster to a canvas in order to support the poster’s structural integrity. Read on to understand how linen-backing works, what the benefits are, how much it costs and why it helps preserve your movie posters.

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