1942, Park Circus Release 2007
UK Quad (30" x 40") Double Sided
UK / British
Near mint minus; originally rolled (as issued)
Claude Rains, Dooley Wilson, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre
“They had a date with fate in Casablanca !”
“Casablanca“ is a timeless classic and top of every film fans watchlist to see, technically brilliant for just about every aspect of filmmaking and just a marvellous viewing pleasure writh the sexual chemistry between the two stars Bogart and Bergman one of the reasons the movie was so watchable and successful. As a general rule Park Circus re-release posters are incredibly scarce due to limited print runs and distribution, being shown in literally a handful of independent and ‘art-house’ cinemas. The updated imagery, supplied here by Park Circus’ regular poster collaborators Randak ticks all the boxes. The rolled (as issued) UK quad offered here is from the 2007 release and displays to excellent effect with fantastic colour tones. A great looking piece of golden era Hollywood cinema memorabilia for a true classic movie.
Trivia: In 2006 this film’s script was named the best screenplay of all time by the Writers Guild of America.…more detail
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“The story of Rick Blaine, a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick’s cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that will help them escape to America. But when Ilsa, a former lover of Rick’s, and her husband, show up to his cafe one day, Rick faces a tough challenge which will bring up unforeseen complications, heartbreak and ultimately an excruciating decision to make.”
“Casablanca“ is a timely and timeless classic about a politically neutral saloon owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) in unoccupied France at a crossroads of destiny, conviction, and courage in his life. “Casablanca“ is on the top of every film class’s watchlist to study for just about every aspect of filmmaking imaginable.
While the film’s plot is air-shut tight and the characterisation feels authentic over 70 years later, the main focus of “Casablanca“ is idea focused. During a time of political neutrality, America was entering the war as was Rick, our hard-on-the-edges protagonist. This can be considered an “enlist” film to anyone on the fence. Because of it’s conviction-driven focus on ideas and philosophy, and how grounded those struggles feel, “Casablanca” remains one of the most well regarded classics of all time. The struggles of Rick are applicable to anyone who watches the film, drawing on universal themes like conviction, courage, compassion, and love.
The character of Rick (Humprey Bogart) is a fascinating one on an individual basis. We’re set up to a character who’s meticulous and thoughtful in the way he does things, paralleled by the chess game he has with no one. At the same time, we know of his loneliness without a partner to play with. We understand the respect he commands with patrons of the saloon yet the deep friendship he experiences with Sam (Dooley Wilson). And while his corrupt inner shell shared with the chief is off-putting like a villain, we know he’s “…at heart, a sentimentalist” when we learn of his passionate love for Ingrid Bergman‘s Ilsa.“Casablanca“ also features some of cinema’s most iconic and beautifully crafted cinematography by the great Arthur Edeson and of course the director, Michael Curtiz‘s masterful control of capturing the romantic moment. Not only on a story-telling, narrative perspective, “Casablanca“ is worth watching for it’s remarkable technical quality.
A poster that has never been used or displayed and may show the most minor signs of age and wear. The poster should have no holes or tears.
A generally unused poster with fresh, saturated colors. May have minimal tears at folds. Has no significant holes, no paper loss, may have minor tears along edges, may have fine pin holes.
A poster with bright colour and crisp overall appearance. It may have very general signs of use including slight fold separation and fold wear. It may have pin holes or very minor tears. This is the highest grade allowed for a poster that has been restored either on linen or on paper.
A poster with good colors and overall clean appearance. It may have minor tears small paper loss and minor stains. It may have some fold seperation.
An average poster with overall fresh color. May have tears, minor paper loss, minor hazing. Paper may be brittle due to age, may have minor stains. May have a small amount of writing in an unobtrusive place. May have medium or major restoration.
A poster with faded colors and brittle paper, showing significant signs of use. May have tears and paper loss. May have tape, writing, stains in image area. In need of restoration or had major restoration.
A poster that is worn, torn, and/or damaged. May have staining, cracking, dry rot, and/or large tears. May be heavily soiled, may have pieces missing. In need of major restoration.
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11 x 14″ printed on heavy stock paper. Used as display in theatre lobbies. Originally made in sets of eight. Some sets have a title card, which contains credits and artwork, essentially a mini-poster. The remaining seven cards are coloured photographic credits and poster artwork showing different scenes from the movie.
14 x 22″ printed on heavy stock paper with the top 4-6 inches usually left blank for the local cinema owner to fill in the cinema and the date it was due to play. Largely discontinued during the 1970’s.
22 x 28″ printed on heavy stock paper. The image displayed is normally a smaller version of the main poster, although some do have different artworks and sometimes come in two versions.
14 x 36″ printed on heavy stock paper. Inserts usually have the same artwork as a one sheet. Popular with collectors since they are smaller and easier to frame. Normally come tri folded or rolled.
STYLE Y/FORTY BY SIXTY
40 x 60″ printed on heavy stock paper. Rare since they were primarily used for major motion pictures only. Designed to be used outside the theatre, on an easel, normally at a drive-in movie theatre.
27 x 41″ printed on paper. This is the most common size of poster, intended to be displayed in a glass “marquee” case. It is the most sought after size by collectors. Since the 1980’s most posters are sent to the theatre rolled and maybe slightly smaller measuring 27″ by 40″ and with the advent of backlit light boxes a growing number of modern movie posters are available double-sided and the more traditional single-sided.
41 x 81″ printed on paper. These were printed on two or three separate sheets designed to overlap, few survive. Used for larger advertising spaces, normally posted on walls, perfect for huge movie theatres the drive-in, where people could see them from a distance. From the 1970’s on, three-sheets were sometimes printed in one piece and issued as “international” versions to be used abroad.
30 x 40″ Most common poster size used in the UK. British Quads are horizontal and may have different artwork to the US one sheet. Like a US one sheet they normally come in two versions. Like a US one sheet they are usually supplied single-sided or more commonly now as a double sided poster.
27 X 40″, printed on paper. Very rarely used size.
13 x 28″ six inches shorter than the US insert, very nice size to frame. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.
18 x 26″ Glossy, high quality, used as lobby cards in Italy. Size may vary, either vertical or horizontal format. There are also double Photobusta or mini Photobusta.
(DUE): 39 x 55″ This is the standard poster size used in Italy. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.
(QUATTRO) 55 x 79″ Very large Italian poster printed in two pieces, often contains very beautiful artwork.
47 x 63″ (GRANDE) or 24 x 33″ (PETITE) French movie posters normally come with different artwork to either the US or the UK. Like the Italian’s some of the artwork is extrememly beautiful.