Vintage Movie Posters
Special Collections has 6,000
movie posters mainly from the 1940s and
1950s. Posters from the 100 best movies can now
be viewed online.
Currently on Display
Sci-Fi and Fantasies in Summer
- Atlantis, The Lost Continent
- "A Greek fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland and is enslaved for his trouble.
The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer who is bent on using a natural resource of Atlantis to
take over the world, forcing the slaves to mine a crystalline material which absorbs the suns rays and
can fire a heat ray to destroy whatever it touches."
- Atomic Submarine
- "In the far and distant future of 1968, many ships and planes are crossing the North pole to transport
passengers and cargo. Lately, however, more than eight ships and seven submarines have vanished
mysteriously. The submarine, Tigershark, is sent out to investigate their whereabouts and - if possible - remove
the cause of their disappearances. But the life form Commander Vandover and his crew encounter may
be too powerful even for their advanced weapons and technology."
- Attack of the Puppet People
- "Deranged doll-maker Mr. Franz is deathly afraid of being left alone, so he creates a machine
that can shrink humans down to only a few inches tall. He soon accumulates a troupe of shrunken
prisoners whom he forces to perform for him and keep him company. When he shrinks his secretary
Sally and her fiance Bob, the pair decide against spending their days as pint-sized playthings and
try to find a way to escape and re-enlarge themselves."
- The 27th Day
Friedrich von Ledebur,
- "Five Earthlings are abducted by aliens and are each given a capsule which can release a
weapon so deadly that all of human-kind will be destroyed. This is a test of sorts: if all 5 can resist
using the weapon for 27 days, mankind will continue on Earth, but should any one of them release
the weapon, all human life will be destroyed and the aliens will take the Earth as their new home.
When their alien abductor makes the identities of the five known in a world-wide broadcast, they all
become hunted either by the curious or by their own governments. As the paranoia mounts, man
threatens to destroy itself through war, without the use of the alien weapon."
- The Last Days of Pompeii
(1959, USA release in 1960) starring
- "Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous
eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from far-off wars.
Upon arriving, however, he discovers that his father has been murdered by a gang of black-hooded
looting bandits. Glaucus vows revenge against the killers, but just how high up are those involved?"
On display in the nearby case, along with
an illustrated edition of the book owned by Special Collections and more artwork inspired by it. Other versions of the book were filmed in 1900,
1908, 1913, 1926, 1935, 1940, 1950, 1975, 1984, and 2003
(more about the book).
Filmography links and data courtesy of
The Internet Movie Database.
The Library's movie posters
also paper the walls of the newly
refurbished Paramount Theater at
LIU Brooklyn, thanks, in part, to
the efforts of former LIU president,
Only duplicate copies of Paramount
Pictures movie titles were picked and then placed in secure frames.
Very recently, the rest of the Paramount duplicates were also sent to
be framed. There is also the exciting possibility of movie poster
exhibits animating one of the
rooms. Movie buffs,
please watch for coming attractions.
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