Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
1977, 1991 – First year of release in Czechoslovakia
Czech Flyer (Horizontal Style) – 8 1/4″ x 11 1/2″ (21 x 29 cm)
Near mint minus; originally flat / unfolded as issued
Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Harrison Ford, Keith Prowse, Kenny Baker, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew
Character defining imagery from George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ series with this extremely rare, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” original Czech Flyer (horizontal) movie poster from first year of release in Czechoslovakia 1991. Featuring close ups of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) wielding their blaster and crossbow all offset against the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Originally flat/unfolded this displays to excellent effect and would make for a fantastic addition to any collection or as a one-off display piece. Truly impressive eye catching design and a fine piece of country unique artwork that represents highly collectable movie poster memorabilia for one of cinema’s greatest movie franchises of all time and a pop culture phenomenon that blasted then young stars careers into orbit and made George Lucas Hollywood name.
Trivia: The word “Jedi” is derived from the Japanese words “Jidai Geki,” which translate as “period adventure drama.” A period adventure drama is a Japanese television soap opera program set in the samurai days. George Lucas mentioned in an interview that he saw a “Jidai Geki” program on television while in Japan a year or so before the movie was made, and he liked the word.…more detail
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Here begins the greatest cinematic epic of all time, and arguably one of the greatest stories ever told. “Star Wars“ was originally conceived as a serialized popcorn movie in the manner of the old action movies that George Lucas grew up with, “Star Wars“surpassed even George’s keen and bombastic imagination to become a central part of movie history…There are countless tales of the making of this movie; how Lucas never believed he would get the chance to complete the series, how it spawned an industry and made the name of nearly everyone who touched it a household word. But what that does not reveal, nor do the much diminished prequels, is the sheer joy and excitement these movies generated…It was a once in a lifetime experience. You could feel it from opening day, earlier if you paid attention to such things. We had never seen anything like it, and we are not likely to again…This episode finds young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) yearning to leave the agrarian life he has with his aunt and uncle, and chase after adventure as his friends before him have already done. And what adventure there is. The galaxy is in the grip of a massive rebellion against a tyrannical and oppressive empire, but on Luke’s home planet, it’s something you only dare speak of in a whisper…Along come two robots, “Droids” for short, who inadvertently involve Luke in a stellar attempt to contact an old wizard named Ben Kenobi (Sir Alec Guiness), who lives in the caves near Luke’s home…The rest is history, and there isn’t a person alive in the civilized world who doesn’t have at least some awareness of the epic story that unfolds. Luke’s rise from adolescent obscurity on Tatooine to a leading role in the greatest struggle of all time is told with humor, action, adventure, and always a sense of story that is unmatched on the screen.
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.