There is a glut of movie posters, although you can’t have too many vintage movie posters as created by the astonishing Stenberg brothers, who rocked in the early years of Soviet Russia. (And, of course, there is a pantheon of great vintage lithographic movie posters from all over the world.)

Although we have never paid much attention to acquiring vintage movie posters (the Stenberg’s being prohibitively expensive), we have had, from our early days, a strong commitment to live theatre promotions. A large percentage of vintage general-trade-enticement has deployed theatrical motifs to create a buzz for the product or service. But here we want to discover if the moments in face of the footlights provide a unique intensity and elegance.

Our first example, “That’s the Ticket,” provides a vivacious array of props, by means of which to preview the range of drama being lavished upon us by the company. In providing clues to the night on the town, the wit and mystery, to be offered, somehow goes beyond what a single image can do.

The spectacular presence here runs with the tag-line, “enchanted.” This would be a bare-stage, representing Mexico far more a theatre than a land.

More props, whereby the constant drama that is Paris invites the viewer to stage his or her big scenes.

Though a vintage travel poster, this delightful race across the landscape is all theatre. The actors/ dancers ensure that the Italian adventure is a volatile performance rather than a predictable rest.

The scene shifts to Spain, but the theatrical priority is the same. Figures putting on a performance upstage any mere destination. Such risk-takers bring us to a stage of being nine-feet tall!

More props, being the prelude of comedic recklessness. A man in tails, in the doorway, having a long way to go to grab the attention from the decadent play-things.

Performance in a void. But performance going somewhere!

For a modernist giant—the bull’s-eye anticipating a standing ovation!

Here the rendition, by a fabulous chromatic posterist, seems to oversell what will actually happen in the in the theatre. But the extravagance looks to a drama of conflict very apt to the theatre.

A one-woman show, but, if the right stuff is percolating, the footlights show the way to a shrine.


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