The More the Merrier: Posters from the Best Picture Nominees, 1936-1943

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Malcolm McDowell attended the opening of the exhibition "The More the Merrier: Posters from the Best Picture Nominees, 1936-1943" at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Friday, January 22, 2010. The exhibition, which features posters from 80 movies, is currently being held at the Academy's Wilshire Grand Lobby in Beverly Hills. The posters come from the collection of Mike Kaplan who is a huge vintage poster collector and one of Malcolm's oldest friends. He has given him a hard time about his passionate collecting of these posters. Also in attendance June Lockhart of Lost in Space and Mickey Rooney the world's longest working actor.


Malcolm with June Lockhart
Mike Kaplan, Mickey Rooney, Jan Rooney and Malcolm

Press Release

Focusing on the eight consecutive years during which there were annually 10 Best Picture nominees, the exhibition will showcase what are arguably some of the most striking movie posters ever created, including artwork for “Romeo and Juliet” (1936), “A Star Is Born” (1937), “Jezebel” (1938), “Stagecoach” (1939), “The Philadelphia Story” (1940), “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), “The Pride of the Yankees” (1942) and “Heaven Can Wait” (1943). Discover the work of key artists and illustrators such as Norman Rockwell, Al Hirschfeld, Jacques Kapralik, France’s Boris Grinsson and Pierre Pigeot, and Italy’s Ercole Brini. See the only known three-sheet posters for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936), the special British cinema display for “Lost Horizon” (1937), and an original painting for “Gone with the Wind” (1939) by the prolific artist Sergio Gargiulo.“The More the Merrier” is drawn from the collection of Academy member and poster art director Mike Kaplan and augmented by materials from the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library. The posters include foreign versions from South American and Europe.

Start Time: Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 10:00am
End Time: Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 5:00pm
Location: Academy 4th Floor Gallery
Street: 8949 Wilshire Blvd.

Admission: Free
Public viewing hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Noon to 6 pm

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