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The Chess Players 1970s Academy Cinema UK Quad Film Poster, Strausfeld

1970s Academy Cinema film poster for Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players). Fab design byPeter Strausfeld.

Strausfeld, born in Cologne, came to England in 1938. Whilst interned on the Isle of Man during the Second World War, he developed a close friendship with fellow internee George Hoellering. In 1947 Hoellering became the director of London’s pre-eminent art house, The Academy Cinema, on Oxford Street and, disliking the studio-issued film posters, he commissioned Strausfeld to create the posters for the cinema.

Over a 33 year period, until his death in 1980, the prolific Strausfeld created over 300 designs, each printed by hand using his trademark lino-cut technique. Unflinchingly choosing a striking image from the film set against a bold single colour background and accompanied by strong typography, he built a remarkable body of work.

In the early years only a maximum of one hundred were printed for each film. In the mid-1970s this run went to three hundred and the majority were pasted up on the London Underground thereby making any surviving copies extremely scarce and collectible.

This vintage movie poster is sized 29 7/8 x 40 inches and will be sent rolled (unframed).

Year R1970s
Poster Type UK Quad (30 x 40 inches)
Style Academy Cinema
Art By Peter Strausfeld
Rolled/Folded/Other Rolled
Condition Near Mint 
Condition Details

Just light foxing and creasing on edges. Fantastic condition for its age