The War of the Worlds (Paramount, 1953). Rolled, Fine/Very...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionThe War of the Worlds (Paramount, 1953). Rolled, Fine/Very Fine. Silk Screen Poster (40" X 60") Style Y.
Paramount Pictures originally envisioned The War of the Worlds as a silent-era project for Cecil B. DeMille. In the original H.G. Wells novel, the story was set in Victorian England and the proposed DeMille version would have followed suit. But by the time the studio got around to actually making the movie, Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation of the story had become legendary in part because Welles set the tale in modern times. Special effects master George Pal saw the writing on the wall and gave this 1953 Technicolor extravaganza the same treatment with similar successful results. One of the only two known copies to exist, this poster's rarity speaks for itself and is among only a few styles to actually feature the Martian warships in the art. Touchup has been applied to correct creasing in the image, surface scuffs, a few moderate tears, and minor chips. The borders, title, some of the white text, and a bit of the image have been touched up as well. There is mild warping and post-restoration edge wear with small tears, one of which has been braced with paper tape on the verso. This is one of the scarcest posters from one of the most important science fiction films of all time. Rolled, Fine/Very Fine.
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000.
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