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Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island Movie Poster

National Museum of American History
Movie poster for Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island. Friz Freleng and Phil Monroe co-directed this 1983 animated comedy. The poster features color images of the animated characters Daffy Duck, Speedy Gonzales, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Granny, Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepe Le Pew, Stork, Yosemite Sam and Taz.

Aladdin Movie Poster

National Museum of American History
Movie poster promoting the videocassette release of the 1986 film Aladdin. The film is an updated version of the Arabian Nights tale staring Bud Spencer as The Genie and Luca Venantini as Al Haddin.

Rocky Movie Poster

National Museum of American History
Rocky movie poster showcasing a black and white photograph of Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire. This 1976 film follows the story of a small-time boxer's famous fight with the heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed.

Firewalker Movie Poster

National Museum of American History
Movie poster promoting the videocassette release of the 1986 film Firewalker. J. Lee Thompson directed this action film about a pair of adventurers searching for an ancient hoard of gold.

Superman Movie Poster

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Poster for the 1978 film Superman. The poster depicts a metallic Superman emblem in the clouds with a rainbow streak cutting through it and the words, "You'll Believe a Man Can Fly" written in all white across bottom. Richard Donner directed this superhero adventure film starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, and Gene Hackman.

Movie Palaces

Smithsonian Libraries

Monster Movie

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Monster Movie is a mesmerizing digital video projection with an aggressive audio track. Murata sourced video from the 1981 B movie, Caveman and, beginning with a process called datamoshing, mixed the video’s compression into a kind of digital liquid. Murata punched virtual holes through the compressed video file, disrupting the video’s logic and revealing a monster beneath the surface of the image.

Watch This!: Revelations in Media Art, 2015

Movie Palace

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Movie Crazy

National Portrait Gallery

Magnetic Movie

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Little Miss Marker movie poster

National Museum of American History
Movie poster for the 1934 film Little Miss Marker from the Palace Theatre in Port Richmond. Shirley Temple, Adolphe Menjou, and Dorothy Dell star in this family comedy. Movie posters such as this cardboard poster were placed in shop windows to advertise the movie that was playing in the local movie house. The shop owner was given two movie passes for displaying it in their store window.

movie star card

National Museum of American History

Movie Story magazine

National Museum of American History
Movie Story magazine (vol. 17, no. 125) from August 1944 featuring Frank Sinatra and Gloria DeHaven on the cover. Sinatra and DeHaven co-starred in the 1944 musical film Step Lively, directed by Tim Whelan.

Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales Movie Poster

National Museum of American History
Movie poster for Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales. Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, and Robert McKimson directed this 1982 animated comedy. The poster features color images of the cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Sultan Sam, Sylvester the Cat, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird, Prince Abadaba, Speedy Gonzales, and Bugs Bunny.

Sex and the Single Girl Movie Poster

National Museum of American History
Poster for the 1964 comedy film Sex and the Single Girl named after the 1962 book by Helen Gurley Brown. The stars of the film, Natalie Wood and Tony Curtis, are featured on the poster. The film was directed by Richard Quine and also features Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, and Mel Ferrer. Sex and the Single Girl brought in $8 million in the box office and was in the top 20 grossing films of 1964.

Julie & Julia movie script

National Museum of American History
Full revised script (as it was on March 3, 2008) for the 2009 film Julie & Julia. The movie is based on the memoir Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and autobiography My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme. Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, and Linda Emond star in this comedy directed by Nora Ephron. Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2009 for her performance as Julia Child.

Anchors Aweigh movie poster

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Poster for the 1945 MGM film Anchors Aweigh starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, and Gene Kelly. This musical comedy follows two sailors on leave in Hollywood as they fall in love and help a woman break into show business. The film won an Academy Award for Best Musical Score in 1946.

Johnny Allegro Movie Poster

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Poster for Johnny Allegro, a 1949 black and white film starring George Raft, George Macready, and Nina Foch. Johnny Allegro was produced by Columbia Pictures during the golden age of Film Noir. Ted Tetzlaff directed this crime drama about an ex-gangster working for the federal government to catch a crime lord.

The Tender Trap movie poster

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Poster for the 1955 MGM film The Tender Trap starring Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne, and Celeste Holm. This musical comedy follows agent Charlie Reader (Sinatra) and his best friend Joe McCall (Wayne) as they navigate life and love in New York. The film produced an Academy Award nominated song “(Love Is) the Tender Trap,” which Sinatra would continue to sing throughout his career.

The Candidate Movie Poster

National Museum of American History
Movie poster for the 1972 film The Candidate. The poster is a close-up photograph of actor Robert Redford wearing a white shirt and tie, captioned “McKay the better way.” Michael Ritchie directed this drama about an election for a U.S. Senate seat in California. Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, and Don Porter also starred in this film with Redford.

Dangerously Close Movie Poster

National Museum of American History
Movie poster promoting the videocassette release of the 1986 film Dangerously Close. Albert Pyun directed this crime thriller starring John Stockwell, J. Eddie Peck, and Carey Lowell.

Night Watch Movie Poster

National Museum of American History
Movie poster promoting the film Night Watch, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey. Brian G. Hutton directed this mystery about a rich woman recovering from a nervous breakdown who one day witnesses a murder.
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