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Motor Movies - The Posters!

Motor Movies - The Posters!
Originally £34.99. Author-signed copies available

By Paul Veysey
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Hardback • 250mm x 250mm • 224 pages • 249 mostly colour photos

ISBN: 978-1-845841-27-0

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Features

• The first book ever devoted to movie posters featuring cars
• Posters from worldwide cinema
• Star rating system for rarity of poster
• NO tedious and opinionated plot dissection!
• Many posters not even enthusiasts will have seen
• Simple explanation of poster terminology
• All illustrations are of originals, not reproduction posters
• Star rating serves as investment guide
• Wonderfully nostalgic - a real feel-good book
• Movie posters bring colour, beauty, memories, and serious investment potential - this is THE guide
• Never before has the car in cinema been so vividly brought to life

Description

From the late 19th century the progress of the movies has paralleled that of the motor car. Now, for the first time, these developments are chronicled through the medium of the movie poster. This book celebrates the progression from the simple and crude, through the functional, the ambitious, and the barking mad, right up to today's high-tech, computer-generated, often soulless examples of both cinema and automobile. By charting the poster art of the movies chronologically, the book takes you on a journey through the 20th Century in black and white, sepia, hand-colouring, stone-litho, and glorious technicolour, and shows the obsessively accurate, the artist's impression, the photographic and the wildly imaginative depictions of the automobile. With 250 pictures of rare originals, and a star rating system for rarity, this is a beautiful book to browse, as well as valuable investment guide.

Synopsis

From the late 19th century the progress of the movies has paralleled that of the motor-car. Now, for the first time these developments are chronicled through the medium of the Movie Poster. The book celebrates the progression from the simple and crude, through the functional, the ambitious, the barking mad, right up to today's high-tech, computer generated, often soul-less examples of both cinema and automobile. By charting the poster art of the movies chronologically, the book takes you on a journey through the 20th Century in black and white, sepia, hand colouring, stone-litho, and glorious technicolour. The book shows the obsessively accurate, the artist's impression, the photographic and the wildly imaginative depictions of the automobile. The development of product placement in marketing is well illustrated. Why did the Mustang appear in so little publicity for Bullitt? Where was the Mini in most of the world's publicity for The Italian Job? Why wasn’t the Alfa Romeo Dueto prominent in the advertising of The Graduate? The book doesn’t provide intricate plot lines or vast cast lists; there are many reference works, both in books and on-line that supply this detail. Instead it shows how different countries promoted the same movie and give a brief guide to buying posters of movies safely. Primarily this is a book to wallow in, beautifully photographed artwork is guaranteed to bring back memories of favourite cars in movies and gives a fascinating insight into the evolution of cinema, marketing and the automobile. With 250 pictures of rare original and a star rating system for rarity this is a beautiful book to browse, and a valuable investment guide.

Independent Reviews

"Thrill. Gasp. Drool. Shock. Horror. You'll love this action-packed motion picture release." - London Evening Standard

"Written by someone who trades in auto-related movie posters for a living, this book is as much a guided tour of the field as it is a collectibilty guide." - The Flying Lady

"It's a substantial book, with over 200 large pages, most of which feature one poster and a brief summary, including the date of the film, where it was made and some of the stars. This is interesting for anyone with an interest in car-based movies ..." - Teme Valley Times

"It's hard not to like this book - it's very well produced, colourful and includes some lovely tongue-in-cheek comments from Veysey ..." - Classic Driver

BOOK VOTED NO.6 IN THE 4CAR TOP 10: CAR BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS 2007

"Likes cars? Like films? Like cars in films? Then this is the book for you. Veysey has gathered together film posters from all over the world that feature cars and pithily comments on them to make for an amusing, visually arresting book." - 4Car, Channel4.com

"... the posters are a feast for the eyes. Light on text but big on imagery, the book is an excellent one for the coffee table, Pick it up, flick through, glance at the captions and impress your friends with your new found knowledge of international cinema." - Motoring & Leisure

"The detail provided for each poster includes the country where the film was made, the year, a short description of the film, the actors, poster dimensions, rarity and perhaps the most important to us, the type of vehicle featured in the film. Worth a look for film and classic car enthusiasts." - Australian Classic Car

"It is fascinating to see just how many motoring films, even seeming docudramas, one hasn�t even heard of." - The Automobile

"Here�s one made for the Christmas stocking if ever there was one and likely to remain on display on the finest coffee tables in the land. It is a wonderfully evocative tribute to the movies, the poster art that evolved to tempt you inside the cinema in the first place and the cars that featured in many of the films.'" - Gay Classic Car Group

"Be warned: a peek and you could be hooked. 'Motor Movies - The Posters! is a collector's delight, any way you choose." - Overdrive

"... packed with car related film posters and as well as the usual suspects ... A good buy." - Practical Classics

"... a fun book for the coffee table." - Antique Automobile

"This book will most definitely liven up a coffee table, but it will also fill a niche for those who love obscure trivia or those late night movies." - Cars & Parts magazine

"BOOK OF THE MONTH. If you've been to events such as the Beaulieu Autojumble or VSCC Prescott, you could well have met jovial Kiwi Paul Veysey, whose Drivepast marquee is always packed with eye-catching film posters and showcards. Now he's drawn on his extensive stock, and his knowledge of cars and cinema, to produce this entertaining overview." - Octane

"Strangely compelling." - Classic Cars

"A fun and attractive book that documents the greatest car movies with their promotional posters. Each one has been faithfully reproduced and is accompanied with information about the artwork. An easy and interesting read, this book is really all about the pictures, which isn't such a bad thing." - Autocar

"The book is impressive in size and stature, and mainly in the breadth of the film posters, including rare prewar example through the fabulous B-movies of the '50s and '60s." - Vintage Racecar

"Finally, a motoring book that you can place atop your coffee table without labelling a dirty planet-killer. Everybody who leafs through 'Motor Movies - The Posters!' will put it down having learned plenty and done it in a matter of minutes. It's the kind of book you flip through with your eyes closed, randomly stop on a page, and take in the colours, the glamour and maybe even a hint of nostalgia to leave another page for another day." - Wheels, Australia

Additional Information

Drivepast was set up by former broadcaster Paul Veysey. From the Citroen Light and Big 15s he drove as a teenager in New Zealand, through the TRs, Jaguars and Beetles he raced and rallied, to the ID19 Citroen in which he and his wife Helen finished the first Monte Carlo Challenge in 1990, Paul has had a lifelong interest in motor cars.

For most of Paul's fifty odd years, he has also had a love of movies, and when Helen bought him a poster for the film Checkpoint as a birthday present, he found the perfect outlet for his two main interests.

This love of classic motors and old movies lead Paul to discover that, although there were movie poster dealers worldwide, there was no one concentrating on the motoring and motor racing end of the market.

Drivepast has spawned Motor Movies a unique collection of original movie posters that Paul has sourced internationally and which has now found a new home in Gloucestershire, England... Motor movies features this and several other significant collections

You may already have met Paul when he was exhibiting at The Pebble Beach Concours, The Goodwood Revival and Festival, The Le Mans Classic, Brussels Retro or at Silverstone, Beaulieu or the International Historic at Stoneleigh.

Motor Movies is a great collection to browse and you're sure to find something that you like. Alongside the classics like Le Mans, The Italian Job & Bullitt, there are many posters for little known and obscure films, with great art and graphics.

There are of course favourites, like Bidon d'Or from 1932 for its sheer size and stunning artwork; in fact much of the best artwork is actually for the ropiest of films - Pigalle Carrefour Des Illusions, for example has all the classic elements of a French B movie poster - the Citroen DS, a Bardot-esque girl, a gangster, all against a backdrop of Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur, but does anyone know the film?

   

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