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“Could the big breaker break them up ?…Three friends. Twelve Turbulent Years. And One Day We All Must Face.”
The only time the Californian surf culture was portrayed accurately in a Hollywood studio film. Surfing aficionados consider this John Milius written & directed movie to be one of the best surfing-related films made, in part because of the legendary surfing cinematography sequences by Greg MacGillivray and the appearance of several professional world champion surfers. Any paper from this cult movie is rare with the British UK quad being perhaps the rarest and certainly (IMHO) the best looking featuring ‘surfing the big wave’ artwork that perfectly suits the landscape format. Surfing and the surf culture surrounding it unlike in the USA was relatively unknown in 70’s Britain with a very small dedicated fanbase & following, hence the very limited cinema screenings for “Big Wednesday” resulting in these quad posters rarely being offered for sale & certainly not in this excellent condition. Originally folded, the foldlines are now virtually un-noticeable thanks to the high standard of linen backing. From first year of release, 1978 this original UK quad film poster is presented in first class condition with incredible unfaded colours and amazing surfing artwork. A beautiful example of original film movie memorabilia that represents a fantastic opportunity to purchase one of the ‘cult’ sporting posters from the 70’s.
Trivia: Gary Busey would later star alongside Keanu Reeves, in another surfing movie, Point Break (1991), but his character never surfed.…more detail
“The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.”
Quite possibly, the only time surf culture was portrayed accurately in a cinematic film. Surfing aficionados consider “Endless Summer”, written, directed and filmed by Bruce Brown to be one of the best surfing-related films made, in part because of the legendary surfing cinematography sequences and the appearance of several professional surfers. Any paper from this cult movie is hugely collectable, not just because of the subject but also because of the poster imagery created for the film by artist John Van Hamersveld. A close friend of Brown’s, Hamersveld created one of the most iconic images of the 1960s, and his poster image is one of the single most recognisable movie poster images ever made. Receiving a very limited European re-release in 2016, Hamersveld’s original design was re-used and in the French ‘Grande’ offered here we have perhaps the largest official cinema poster ever created for the imagery. The day-glo colour palette really impresses, with the large format allowing the minimalist pop art design to be fully appreciated. Originally folded, the poster is presented in excellent condition and provides a beautiful example of original film movie memorabilia that represents a fantastic opportunity to purchase one of the ‘cult’ sporting posters of all-time.
Trivia: According to an article in the “L.A. Weekly”, after the film was edited, Michael Hynson and Bruce Brown toured the U.S. in a bus in the summer of 1964, screening the documentary in high school auditoriums and Lions Clubs. The film originally didn’t even have audio; Brown would play surf records and narrate the action live.…more detail