Top 5: Ira M. Resnick
The film historian on his favorite vintage movie posters.BY LAURIE YARNELL | WESTCHESTER MAGAZINE
New Rochelle resident Ira M. Resnick is the author of Starstruck: Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood, an art book that showcases Resnick’s superb collection of 2,000-plus vintage movie posters. Here, the noted film historian selects a handful of his favorite film poster images.
Love Before Breakfast (1936)
Although Resnick says that this film was not on par with My Man Godfrey or Twentieth Century, two other movies of the time featuring actress Carole Lombard (“the ultimate screwball heroine—sexy, smart, and funny”), he calls its poster image among the most dramatic ever produced. “That same year, it showed up on a rural billboard photographed by the legendary Walker Evans.”
Beyond the Rocks (1922)
This film, long feared lost, recently was discovered in Holland and restored. Its poster, described as a “classic romantic image,” makes Resnick’s list in part because “it shows Gloria Swanson at the height of her fame and being wooed by the young Rudolph Valentino just before his brief explosion into superstardom.”