Chicagoan selling comprehensive movie poster collection

Chicagoan Dwight Cleveland, who spent the past four decades traveling the globe gathering rare movie posters, is selling his collection. Between now and June 15 the massive group of some 20,000 posters from 58 countries will be available for sale on the auction site,

As Cleveland puts it, “These posters reflect decades of pop culture and Hollywood treasures. Unlike most collectors, I was drawn to the strong graphics of foreign posters. So, this archive reflects not only the way we see ourselves through film, but how foreigners see us through film as well.”

The collection represents an estimated 115 years of film history and spans all movie genres. It is considered the most comprehensive representation of its kind of the film industry — showcasing American movies as seen in Australia, India, Japan, Poland, Britain and many other nations.

The films represented include Academy Award best picture winners, the American Film Institute’s Top 100 films, and nearly every film nominated for any Oscar. Examples include a “Blues Brothers” poster from Poland, a “Ghostbusters” poster from Pakistan and a poster of “The African Queen” from Argentina.

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