THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER (1962) POSTER, BRITISH
Artist: S. John Woods (1915-1997)
Unframed: 76 x 102 cm (30 x 40 in.)
This British film was based on the short story of the same name by Alan Sillitoe, who also wrote the screenplay. It was directed by Tony Richardson - one of the new group of people coming from the Free Cinema movement of documentary film making. The film stars Tom Courtenay and Michael Redgrave, and portrays the British class culture in the early 60s. This film was part of the kitchen sink realism movement that developed in the UK in the late 50s and early 60s. This movement focused on those that were disillusioned with modern society, and on the domestic lives of working class Britons.
S. John Woods's striking design for this poster was unique in its approach to film poster graphic design in the UK at the time. S. John Woods worked in a variety of advertising roles before becoming head of Ealing Studios’ advertising department in 1943. Woods had a keen interest in abstract and surrealist art. By commissioning contemporary artists to create posters for the Studios’ films, he brought a bold and creative touch to UK film poster design in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Very rare British poster that seldomly surfaces.
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Linen-backed. Excellent condition with the colours remaining very bright. Minor restoration to folds.
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Film Posters of the 60s, Aurum Press Limited, 1997, page 52