Director Scorsese reveals his passion for movie posters

With 'golden age of Hollywood' masterpieces like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull under his belt and an Oscar win for his police corruption yarn The Departed, movie director Martin Scorsese's passion for films is beyond doubt.

So it's perhaps unsurprising that, when he isn't behind a movie camera or locked in an editing suite, Scorsese's passion is firmly rooted in Hollywood's history and iconography - as a collector of historic film posters.

Apparently, his personal favourites include posters for the Rita Hayworth-starring Gilda, the three-sheet for My Darling Clementine featuring Peter Fonda, and an artwork featuring the tragic icon James Dean dressed in a cowboy hat and jeans for the 1950s flick, Giant.

A number of posters will be auctioned at Heritage, this weekend

In which case, Scorsese should be as excited as the rest of us for Heritage Auction Galleries' forthcoming Signature® Movie Poster Auction, this weekend (March 19-20).

Highlights will include a poster for Fritz Lang's 1930s sci-fi masterpiece, Metropolis - from the impressive collection of famed heavy metal guitarist Kirk Hammett - along with art from the early-20th century Charlie Chaplin comedy classic, Sunnyside.

As usual with Heritage, collectors will be able to bid online.


Images: Heritage (Chaplin poster); Rita Molnar (Scorsese)

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