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|THE CSUN GALLERY OF FILM POSTER ART is the only permanent university gallery in the United States devoted to the art of the movie poster. It was conceived as a museum-like setting to display the art of the film poster––a largely unappreciated art form. The Gallery is sustained by the loan of pieces from The Steve Olson Collection of international film posters. The criteria for poster selection rest on design and illustration, rather than a film’s importance. While images of many famous movies are displayed, from It Happened One Night to Shadow of a Doubt to The Manchurian Candidate, unique concepts from lesser films share equal prominence (Puppets of Fate, Cockeyed Cavaliers, Roman Scandals).
A NOTE FROM COLLECTOR STEVE OLSON
I started collecting movie posters in 2005, but when my collection reached a high of 22,000, for the sake of my sanity and that of my wife, I started selling the lesser ones. I am now down to 7,000 posters from 20 different countries. The primary considerations in poster collecting are the poster’s age, artwork, rarity, stars, and the quality of the movie itself. With a confluence of all five criteria you are going to have a very important poster, such as the stunning Bride of Frankenstein––which sold for $334,600 in 2007! In my collection I have tried to put an emphasis on posters which have great art and perhaps some historical significance. This brochure illustrates only 11 of the total of 80 posters in this exhibition. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy this sampling from my collection.