KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949) POSTER, BRITISH
KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949) POSTER, BRITISH
KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949) POSTER, BRITISH
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KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949) POSTER, BRITISH

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP

KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949) POSTER, BRITISH

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949) POSTER, BRITISH 

Artist: James Fitton (1899-1982)


Unframed: 76 x 102 cm (30 x 40 in.) 


Time Magazine called it an 'impudent, witty British comedy', and seventy years later this epithet still stands. This film remains Ealing's most celebrated comedy, and its irreverent and wry black humour is timeless. Alec Guiness plays the part of eight different victims of Dennis Price's serial killer. In the late 1940s, having a killer as hero of the piece was a touch too overwhelming for American audiences, and on its Stateside release, the censors added footage to leave no ambiguity as to whether Price's crimes would go unpunished. James Fitton blended painting with photomontage to striking and humorous effect on this poster, which is considered one of the most beautiful Ealing posters ever created. Fitton was known as 'one of the three Jameses', alongside James Boswell and James Holland, who were credited with the revival of satirical illustration within Britain in the 1930s.



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Condition Report

Linen-backed.  Excellent condition with the colours remaining very strong. Very minor restoration to folds.


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Cataloguing

Literature

Projecting Britain, Ealing Film Studios, BFI Publishing, 1982, page 25 and Film Posters of the 40s, Aurum Press Limited, 2002, page 94

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