Treasures at the LFF: vintage poster art

Enjoy our selection of classic poster art for the restored Treaures screening at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

7 October 2013

La Belle et la Bête

La Belle et la Bête (1946) poster

Jean Cocteau’s much-loved gothic fantasy La Belle et la Bête has been digitally restored to 4K to mark the 50th anniversary of the director’s death.

The Chase

The Chase (1946) poster

Arthur Ripley’s original and intriguing film noir breaks the rules of the genre as its returning soldier hero defies his gangster boss.

Cowboy

Cowboy (1958) poster

Delmer Daves’ restored western portrays an epic cattle-drive, with tough Glenn Ford teaching tenderfoot Jack Lemmon the ropes on the trail to self-knowledge.

The Doorway to Hell

The Doorway to Hell (1930) poster

There was never a better match between studio and contract artist than Warner Bros. and brash James Cagney in the so-called Pre-Code era of 1930s Hollywood. Actor/dancer Cagney steals his scenes in The Doorway to Hell, playing second banana to Lew Ayres’ lead gangster.

The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai (1947) poster

Dazzlingly restored, Orson Welles’ celebrated noir-thriller has femme fatale Rita Hayworth famously reflected in a surreal hall of mirrors.

The Lusty Men

The Lusty Men (1952) poster

Nicholas Ray’s subtle, evocative portrayal of the lives and modest dreams of proud rodeo performers features one of Robert Mitchum’s greatest performances.

Model Shop

Model Shop (1969) poster

Jacques Demy’s only American film is a stylish late-1960s exploration of superficiality and voyeurism with Anouk Aimée.

Picture Snatcher

Picture Snatcher (1933) poster

James Cagney’s energy and magnetism took him rapidly to the top of the cast list in pugnacious tough-guy roles such as his turn here as a gangster-turned-newspaper photographer, simply exchanging his handgun for a camera.

Victim

Victim (1961) poster

Basil Dearden’s brave, sober exposé of England’s repressive homosexual laws launched Dirk Bogarde’s career change as a serious international actor.

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