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
- The 3 Worlds of Gulliver
Charles Lloyd Pack,
- "In this loose adaptation of the Swift novel, an idealistic English doctor is washed overboard
at sea and finds himself on an island inhabited by tiny people. These Lilliputians try to talk
him into using his immense strength to destroy their enemies on a neighboring island.
Gulliver promises to end the war, and he does by stealing the enemy's fleet, so they can
never attack Lilliput. This doesn't satisfy the king, and a disgusted Gulliver finally manages
to get off Lilliput but lands on an island of superstitious giants. At first they treat him well,
but soon he falls out of favor. They accuse him of witchcraft and will burn him unless he
finds a way to escape."
- The Wasp Woman
- "Janice Starlin, the owner of a cosmetics firm, sees that her fading beauty is not only causing
waves in her personal life but causing some prestige problems for her also-fading business.
Then a scientist claims to have developed a serum from the enzymes of wasps that will turn
aging skin to youthful-looking skin. She agrees to be the first human to try the injections.
But, as her beauty returns, she also has a personality change that it isn't for the better.
When her access to the serum is cut off, there are serious side effects that lead to
death and destruction."
- 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?"
An additional poster used to promote this film is also 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).
- Village of the Damned
- "In the small English village of Midwich, everybody and everything falls into a deep, mysterious sleep
for several hours in the middle of the day. Some months later every woman capable of child-bearing
is pregnant, and the children that are born out of these pregnancies seem to grow very fast, and they
all have the same blond hair and strange, penetrating eyes that make people do things they don't want to do."
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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