Classic Film Noir, US and foreign 1934-1961

Barcelona: Various Film Studios, 1934-1961. Collection of 154 Spanish film heralds for films noir released 1934-1961. Nearly all heralds were printed in Barcelona, by printers Jose Sabadell, I.G. Viladot, Marti y Mari, Sesor Bailen, Graficas Valencia, and others, upon the Spanish release of international films. Most are for American films, with Spanish, French, Mexican and Swedish films represented, as well a few films with noirish themes or elements but generally outside of the genre. Highlights of the collection include "The Lady Vanishes" (1938), "Double Indemnity" (1944), "Gilda" (1946), "Notorious" (1946), "Dishonored Lady" (1947), "Ride the Pink Horse" (1947), "The Third Man" (1949), and "Kansas City Confidential" (1952). From "The President Vanishes" (1934) to the Swedish film "Stoten" (1961).

Film handbills, or heralds, were essentially mini film posters, and were produced as an economical way to promote both international and regional films, distributed by press agencies and theaters shortly before the film's local release. Many were issued with text on the verso, advertising nearby cinemas or film credits. Design styles included folding brochures, and die-cut shapes and moving parts, illustrated with film stills and Spanish renditions of original poster art, as well as original work by Spanish artists.

Most are about 3.25 x 5 inches, several slightly larger and a few folding examples. Very Good plus overall, with light rubbing and a few minor creases, brief pencil annotations on the versos, and a scattered tiny tear or chip.

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