Linen-backed. Excellent condition, with the colours remaining very bright. Minor restoration to folds and border wear.
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This American film noir was directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. The film stars William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Errich von Stroheim. The film was nominated for eleven Oscars and won three. Swanson's performance as the faded film star Norma Desmond is spellbinding. Although she was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars, she lost out to Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress.
Boris Grinsson was born in Russia. He fled to Germany after the Bolshevik Revolution, but had to flee once more when Hitler took power. In Paris he established himself as a freelance artist, specialising in film poster art. His career spanned forty years (from the 1930s to the 1970s), and he produced a vast body of work in a variety of genres, including This Gun for Hire (1942), Gilda (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (1948) and From Russia with Love (1963). Grinsson also designed this beautiful poster for this classic Hollywood film.