Rare Barbara Stanwyck MovieÂ Posters to Grace Academy Walls
Beverly Hills, CA(rushprnews) May 4th, 2007â€” More than 70 original movie posters and lobby cards from such classic Barbara Stanwyck films as â€œStella Dallas,â€ â€œDouble Indemnityâ€ and â€œBaby Faceâ€ will be showcased in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesâ€™ new exhibition,
â€œPresenting Miss Barbara Stanwyck: Film Posters of the Indomitable Lady, from the Mike Kaplan Collection,â€ opening on Thursday, May 17, in the Academyâ€™s Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.
The exhibition, which is presented in conjunction with the Academyâ€™s â€œCentennial Tribute to Barbara Stanwyckâ€ on May 16, will feature rare copies of American one-sheets as well as numerous international posters. It includes the only known surviving three-sheets for the â€œThe Locked Doorâ€ (1929), Stanwyckâ€™s first talking picture, and â€œAnnie Oakleyâ€ (1935), her first Western. Also featured are the only known copies of the posters for â€œGambling Ladyâ€ (1934), a stylistically daring poster for â€œThe Bitter Tea of General Yenâ€ (1933), and a one-of-a-kind, handpainted wooden panel for â€œInternes Canâ€™t Take Moneyâ€ (1937).
Stanwyckâ€™s international popularity is evident in representative posters from Europe and South America, including a double-paneled Argentinean poster for â€œA Message to Garciaâ€ (1936), French one-panels for â€œThe Lady Eveâ€ (1941) and â€œDouble Indemnityâ€ (1944), numerous Belgium posters, as well as rare Italian â€œpersonality poster.â€
The posters, spanning from 1929 through 1957, are on loan to the Academy from producer Mike Kaplan. â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to show a major film figure through a poster exhibition so that one could appreciate the impact of his or her career through a medium other than film itself,â€ said Kaplan. â€œStanwyckâ€™s iconic, unique and often fierce artistry will be on display. Itâ€™s an enticing way to absorb a part of film history.â€
Stanwyck starred in more than 80 movies ranging from romantic comedies to serious dramas, noir films to Westerns. She received four Academy AwardÂ® nominations and in 1981 was presented with an Honorary Award (an OscarÂ® statuette) for her â€œsuperlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting.â€
Ticketholders to the Academyâ€™s â€œCentennial Tribute to Barbara Stanwyckâ€ on May 16 will have the opportunity to preview the â€œPresenting Miss Barbara Stanwyckâ€ exhibition following the program.
â€œPresenting Miss Barbara Stanwyckâ€ will be on display through Sunday, August 26. The Academyâ€™s galleries, located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, are open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. The Academy will be closed during the Memorial Day holiday weekend â€“ Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, as well as on Wednesday, July 4 (Independence Day). For more information call (310) 247-3600.
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