From 1925 through 1970, Hollywood produced fantastic movies that are now considered vintage classics. The move from silent films to full audio productions forever altered the experience of theater-goers in that era and increased the popularity of movies. Actors and actresses transformed into famous celebrities, and notorious movies were recognized as iconic cultural contributions. Along with the popularity of films, the beautiful movie poster art that emerged also gained its own cult following.
Let’s browse these great vintage posters of memorable classic movies that helped form the Hollywood industry we know today.
Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind was a 1939 movie adapted from the novel of the same name that was released in 1936 by the novelist Margaret Mitchell. While her novel received a Pulitzer prize, the vintage film received 10 Academy Awards out of 13 Oscar nominations. Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDonald received Oscars due to their magnificent performances. The film was regarded as the greatest movie of all time—it earned the mark of the most successful cinema in box-office history after adjusting for money inflation; it was placed in the Top 10 list of the Top 100 American Films registry maintained by the American Film Institute; the National Film Registry selected the movie to be preserved for all time in the Library of Congress.
Singin in the Rain
Singin in the Rain was a 1952 musical comedy that depicted Hollywood life in the ’20s during the transition from silent films to movies with sound (“talkies”). It starred Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Gene Kelly in leading roles. While the film was a modest hit at the time of its release, contemporary critics immensely praised the musical as a pop culture legendary classic. This 1950s movie was ranked as the fifth greatest American motion picture of all time in recent times, it won O’Connor a Golden Globe for “Best Comedy or Musical Lead Actor” and was inducted into the National Film Registry’s list of films to be preserved, alongside Gone With the Wind.
How to Marry a Millionaire
How to Marry a Millionaire was a 1953 romantic film that starred Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall. The three ladies played the role of gold diggers whom try to marry rich men but instead they develop affection for guys with financial shortcomings and wed them instead. It was a “true love” story with a surprise ending. The vintage movie was nominated for an Academy Award and two other awards. It was the first movie photographed under the CinemaScope wide-screen process and the first 1950s color and CinemaScope film ever to be shown on prime time network television.
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music was a 1965 musical film that starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It was based on a 1959 Broadway play of the same name. The musical drama won five Academy Awards and matched the success of Gone With the Wind. The Library of Congress chose the movie for preservation in the National Film registry due to its cultural significance to American society.
A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was released in 1971 and never really lost its notoriety for controversy. Scenes were deleted from the original movie in order to meet decency requirements for movie theaters, and the United Kingdom banned the film for 27 years. Fans praised the acting and uniqueness of the screenplay, which helped the film retain its status as a cult classic.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Creature from the Black Lagoon was a 1954 vintage horror movie, directed by Jack Arnold and starred Richard Carlson and Julia Adams as the main stars. The film was considered a classic of the 1950s and the studio tried to produce various remakes of the cinematic classic but the attempts failed. Many entertainment shows paid tribute to the aquatic creature featured in the film by displaying the costume in various backdrops.
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera vintage movie was first released in 1925 as a silent horror film. It was adapted from the 1910 novel “Le Fantôme de l’Opéra”. Lon Chaney, Sr. starred in the title role of the deformed Phantom who caused murder and mayhem in order to make the woman he adored a store. The movie remained famous for Chaney’s self-devised make-up, which depicted him as a deformed ghastly figure. The film was preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Film Registry and was number 52 on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments list.
Rebel Without A Cause
Rebel Without a Cause, a drama film released in 1955, was James Dean’s most celebrated role. The film was an attempt to decry the moral decay of American youth and explore generational differences. The entire movie was almost produced entirely in black-and-white film stock, but Warner Bros. and Jack Warner realized that James Dean was a rising celebrity and reshot most of the scenes in color. It was nominated for various Academy Award categories and was inducted into the National Film Registry as a significant culture contribution.
The 1949 Mercury Coupe that James Dean drives in the movie resides at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a 1961 romantic comedy that starred Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly was considered the actress’s most memorable role and her most challenging since she considered herself an introvert playing the role of an extrovert. The film earned two Academy Awards and the soundtrack “Moon River” was selected as the fourth most memorable song in Hollywood history by the American Film Institute. The movie was inducted into the National Film Registry decades after its release.
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