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CASABLANCA (1942) FIRST FRENCH RELEASE POSTER, 1947

CASABLANCA (1942) FIRST FRENCH RELEASE POSTER, 1947

CASABLANCA (1942) FIRST FRENCH RELEASE POSTER, 1947

CASABLANCA (1942) FIRST FRENCH RELEASE POSTER, 1947

Art by Pierre Pigeot


unframed: 47¼ x 31½in. (120 x 80 cm)

framed: 55 x 39 ½in. (139.7 x 100.3 cm)


Casablanca remains the most famous film of all time. It was directed by Michael Curtiz, and stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. After Bogart's success in The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca was the film that truly elevated him to global stardom. Pierre Pigeot has magically captured the smoky atmosphere in Rick's bar, and has created one of the greatest film posters of the 20th century. This size poster was only used in the provinces to publicise the film. Fewer than five known surviving examples.


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Linen-backed and conservation framed with UV plexiglass. Excellent condition, with the colours remaining very bright. Very minor restoration to folds.


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Reel Art, Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen, Artabras, 1988, p. 157 (same artwork)