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Kiss of Death 1947 French Grande Style B Film Poster, Roger Soubie

We adore Roger Soubie's design that features on the 1940s first-year-of-release French Grande Style B film poster for classic film noir Kiss of Death (Le Carrefour de la Mort). Unsurprisingly one of Soubie's most celebrated designs. A very rare poster in wonderful condition.

Roger Soubie (1898-1984) is renowned for both his early French travel posters and the outstanding images he created for film posters. After beginning his artistic career with travel and automobile publicity posters and designing magazine covers, he became the favourite French movie poster artist for American Majors and created more than 2000 film posters between the 1930s and 1960s. Some of his film poster highlights include his design for Stanley Kubrick's Lolita, Sunset Boulevard, The War of the Worlds, Kiss of Death and Forbidden Planet.

France has a long and rich history in poster design that dates back to the mid-19th century.... CLICK TO READ MORE
One of the most influential figures in the development of vintage posters was the French poster artist Jules Chéret. Around 1866, Chéret is credited with producing the first colour lithograph posters, using a technique he refined from the black and white process first invented by German actor and playwright Alois Senefelder in 1798. Cheret's three stone lithographic process allowed artists to achieve every colour in the rainbow using just three stones - usually red, yellow and blue - printed in careful registration.

The Parisian artists, headed by Cheret and including masters Steinlen, Willette, Grasset, Bonnard, Forain and, last but certainly not least, Toulouse-Lautrec's vibrant and eye-catching designs influenced, in part, by Japanese Woodcuts brought a new level of visual appeal to the streets of Paris and, in turn, established the poster as an art form.

The Belle Époque (Beautiful Era), a period of peace and frivolity in France from the late 19th to the early 20th century (1870-1914), played a significant role in the continued advancement of poster design. This era coincided with economic growth and the rise of a new middle class with disposable income and leisure time. It was during this time that the poster craze took hold in France, with posters being used for advertising various products, events, and entertainment.

Over the decades that followed from these auspicious beginnings French poster design continued to flourish and designers from around the world followed suit in experimenting with poster design for advertisements for cultural events, travel, film, food and drink and more.

This original vintage movie poster has been professionally linen-backed is sized an impressive 46 3/4 x 63 inches (plus a little more with the linen). It will be sent rolled (unframed).

  • Year: 1947
  • Poster Type: French Grande
  • Style: -
  • Art By:  Roger Soubie
  • Rolled/Folded/Other: Rolled - Linen-backed
  • Condition: Near Mint
  • Condition Details: Touch-up to foldlines light creasing/handling on edges. Looks fabulous.