Rare Film Posters



Original British 30 inch x 40 inch Quad Poster for the 1958 Satyajit Ray Drama THE MUSIC ROOM starring Chabi Biswas, Padma Devi, Tulsi Lahiri, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Ganga Pada Basu, Kali Sarkar, Pratap Mukhopdhya and Tarapada Nand.

Support Feature THE LADY WITH THE DOG directed by Yosif Heifitz

Beautiful early chamber work from Ray with a commanding performance by Biswas as an extravagant aristocrat forced to sell his crumbling mansion and who spends the last of his fortune on a concert of Indian classical music.

The poster art is by Peter Strausfeld. Strausfeld was interned in the Isle of Man at the Onchan Internment Camp during the War where he met the Austrian producer George Hoellering. In 1947 Hoellering opened the Academy Cinema on Oxford Street and invited Strausfeld to produce some posters for the cinema which he did in wood and lino-cuts till his death in 1980.

The Academy Cinema, built in 1913, was saved from conversion to a shopping arcade in 1928 by Elsie Cohen of the original Film Society, who proceeded to run it as an arthouse which is how it was ran till it’s closure in 1986.

The posters became a London landmark, in fact very few were used outside of London, resulting in very small print runs of 3-500.

The poster is in fine unfolded (rolled) condition.

Availability: 1 in stock

Original British 30 inch x 40 inch Quad Poster