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    Cat People (RKO, 1942). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    Horror film poster collectors will be pleased to see this lot, with the highly coveted one sheet from producer Val Lewton's roaring start into the genre. It remains one of the moodiest and most suspenseful films to define the horror genre. Simone Simon portrays a woman who believes she will turn into a black panther if she becomes emotionally aroused. But when she meets Kent Smith, she falls in love anyway and eventually marries him. Smith fears that Simon's mental condition is straining their marriage and sends her to a psychiatrist. It's then that Simon believes another woman is interfering and she resorts to the only way she can defend her relationship. The film was directed to perfection by Jacques Tourneur who used shadows to create suspense and deliberately avoided the special effects that would confirm if Simon really had the ability to turn herself into a cat or not. To this day, Cat People is considered a masterpiece of the genre and the posters, which are just as mysterious as the film, are among the most sought after. The only restoration required was touchup to the folds, a small chip in the left border, and minor chips in the top and right border/background. There were small tears in the bottom border. Internally, the poster is intact and overall displays beautifully. Fine+ on Linen.




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    March, 2015
    28th-29th Saturday-Sunday
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