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    Street of Shame (Daiei, 1959). Polish One Sheet (23" X 33.25").
    For only the second time, Heritage presents this incredible Polish poster from the classic film Street of Shame. Released in Japan as Akasen chitai by director Kenji Mizoguchi, five prostitutes at a Japanese brothel consider their options as the government considers a ban on their chosen profession. This was Mizoguchi's final film - he died of leukemia just months after its release - and it marked a return to the hard-hitting, socially conscious stories he had told in the 1930s, before moving into a long, successful period of producing period costume dramas. Reportedly, the picture was instrumental in the real Japanese government's efforts to outlaw prostitution. Polish artist Waldema Swierzy enjoyed a lengthy, prodigious career creating some of film's best poster art, which besides this fantastic piece, included Sunset Boulevard (1957) and Midnight Cowboy(1973). With remarkably bright color and fine condition, the piece has only light left edge wear and tiny corner bumps. Folded, Very Fine+.


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