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Birdman of Alcatraz Original Vintage Movie Poster Burt Lancaster


Birdman of Alcatraz 
Original Vintage Movie Poster - Italian 4-Fogli
Starring Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden


Stunning Movie Art for this Burt Lancaster masterpiece

About 20 years ago I acquired the ordinal US One Sheet for my of my favorites classic films, "The Birdman from Alcatraz".. Being one of 1962's mst memorable movies, I expected the one sheet movie poster would live up to the film's stature.  Unfortunately the American poster was a huge disappointment, quite boring and tacky looking.      But, the Italians designed their own poster for the film's release in 1962, and like most artistic challenges the Italians put us to shame.  As you can see from the images above and below, the Italian poster compared the US version, was a masterpiece!     In addition, the Italian poster is about double the size of a US one sheet, making this spectacular poster even more breathtaking!   Also, it has been professionally linen backed.I am so enamored with this vintage gem, it is displayed in my office!  Look at the image below to compare the US version and the Italian version 1962 promotional movie posters

In 1912, the notorious and violent prisoner Robert Franklin Stroud is transferred to the Leavenworth Prison convicted for murdering a man. When a guard cancels the visit of his mother, Elizabeth Stroud, due to a violation of the internal rules, he stabs and kills the guard and goes to trial three times. He is sentenced to be executed by the gallows, but his mother appeals to President Woodrow Wilson who commutes his sentence to life imprisonment. However, the warden, Harvey Shoemaker, decides to keep Stroud in solitary for the rest of his life. One day, Stroud finds a sparrow that has fallen from the nest in the yard and he raises the bird until it is strong enough to fly. Stroud finds a motivation for his life raising and caring for birds and becomes an expert in birds. He marries Stella Johnson and together they run a business, providing medicine developed by Stroud. But a few years after, Stroud is transferred to Alcatraz and has to leave his birds behind.

Birdman of Alcatraz (United Artists, 1962). Italian 4 - Fogli (55" X 77.25"). Drama.
Starring Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand, Betty Field, Telly Savalas, Edmond O'Brien, Hugh Marlowe, and Whit Bissell. Directed by John Frankenheimer. A partially restored poster with good color and an overall very presentable appearance. It may have tears, some paper loss, stains, pinholes, creases, edge and fold wear, and/or some fold separation. Restoration has addressed some of these issues. There are tax stamps and a snipe in the image. Grades on all restored items are pre-restoration grades. Please see full-color, enlargeable image above for more details. Artwork by Renato Casaro. Fine+ on Linen.