From the late 19th century the progress of the movies has paralleled that of the motorcar. Now, for the first time, these developments are chronicled through the medium of the Movie Poster. The book celebrates the progression from the simple and crude, through the functional, the ambitious, the barking mad, right up to today’s high-tech, computer generated, often soulless examples of both cinema and automobile. By charting the poster art of the movies chronologically, the book takes you on a journey through the 20th Century in black and white, sepia, hand coloring, stone-litho, and glorious Technicolor. The book shows the obsessively accurate, the artist’s impression, the photographic and the wildly imaginative depictions of the automobile. The development of product placement in marketing is well-illustrated. Why did the Mustang appear in so little publicity for Bullitt? Where was the Mini in most of the world’s publicity for The Italian Job? Why wasn’t the Alfa Romeo Dueto prominent in the advertising of The Graduate? The book doesn’t provide intricate plot lines or vast cast lists; there are many reference works, both in books and on-line that supply this detail. Instead it shows how different countries promoted the same movie and give a brief guide to buying posters of movies safely. Primarily this is a book to wallow in, beautifully photographed artwork is guaranteed to bring memories favorite cars in movies and gives a fascinating insight into the evolution of cinema, marketing and the automobile. With 250 color photos, this book is a fascinating feast in all respects. With 250 pictures of rare and original posters and a star rating system for rarity, this is a beautiful book to browse and a valuable investment guide.
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Born in May 1951, Paul’s interest in cars started at an early age, as did his love of cinema. Educated unsuccessfully at Rongotai College, Paul went on to pursue a career in advertising, then broadcasting. Working as a radio presenter for several years to fund various unlikely motor-cars Paul then emigrated to Australia in search of a bigger salary with which to fund his historic racing obsession. Paul arrived in the UK in 1976, where he continued to work in radio and television. Paul now combines his two great passions, cinema and motoring, running a business selling rare posters from movies featuring cars.Review:
Teme Valley Times, Spring 2008
Worcestershire local newspaper, UK
This book, described by the publishers as "The first book ever devoted to movie posters featuring cars" brings together images of motor-related film posters from the 1920s right through to Wallace and Gromit in 2005, creating a visual history. It's a substantial book, with over 200 large pages, most of which feature one poster and a brief summary, including the date of the film, where it was made and some of the stars. This is interesting for anyone with an interest in car-based movies and flicking past 'Genevieve', 'Bullitt' and 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' certainly brought back the memories. The rarity ratings allocated to each poster will interest poster enthusiasts.
The author, Paul Veysey, runs a business selling posters from car-related films, so one must assume he knows his stuff where these ratings are concerned. Film goers and motor enthusiasts will be more interested in the art of the posters and the memories they evoke, as well as the opportunity to learn a bit more about some of the films.
Motor Sport, April 2008
A book of motor movie posters may seem too frivolous to spend $69.95 on, but Veysey's is perhaps one of the better deals. Of course 'Le Mans' and 'Bullitt' are included, but so are the likes of 'Two Lane Blacktop' and 'L'Urio dei Bolidi'. It's the poster art that really appeals, however, and in many cases this is better than the movie itself – something Veysey points out. One of the most interesting parts is the copy lines, my favorite being, "Watch carefully because everything happens fast; the chase, the desert, the shack, the girl, the road block, the end." l wonder if the artist had ever seen 'Vanishing Point'?
London Evening Standard, 15th February 2008
Review by Brian Palmer
A tribute to Hollywood's motor stars
Glamorous, curvaceous, temperamental and often hideously expensive to run – but that's enough of the movie stars.
A new book celebrating the car's role in film – including fascinating close-ups of cars, marketing techniques and poster art – has been written by Paul Veysey.
In 'Motor Movies – The Posters!' published by Veloce ($69.95), you'll find old film favorites and undiscovered rarities.
Cars rarely take top billing in films, Genevieve, The Yellow Rolls-Royce and Herbie being honorable exceptions. Even when Hollywood tries to recreate the real-life drama of Formula 1, it usually comes a cropper at the first bend.
Back in the movies' heyday, though, your local Gaumont or Odeon had to work hard to part you from your hard-earned cash. Which is where the movie poster came into its own and why it developed over the years, almost into an art form. Many are now collectable and fetch big money at auctions. Some are more highly regarded than the movie.
The unlikely pairing of Roman Polanski for a documentary on Jackie Stewart in 1972 produces an amazingly hippy/trippy poster image for 'Weekend of a Champion' and an advance poster for the 2005 movie 'Starsky & Hutch' is a classic piece of artwork using part of the famous red-and-white Ford Torino that's far more stylish than the final cut itself.
Thrill. Gasp. Drool. Shock. Horror. You'll love this action-packed motion picture release.
Top Gear, November 2007
Book of the month
Pretty much ever since the car and cinema came into existence there have been people trying to marry the two up. This book pays tribute to all the posters where they managed to do just that, with varying degrees of success.
Much like this book as it goes. Because while it's a hardback it's just not quite big enough. I really wanted to get into the spirit of the original films, and this book is just a fraction on the small side for that. Equally, there's only a brief tidbit of information about each film, or the basics of the posters - size, location, rarity. The latter is the most interesting section.
I wanted to read reviews of what the films were like. Even with stuff I've heard of, it'd be nice to get a bit more info; and as for the rarer ones, like 'Weekend of a Champion', I still haven't got the faintest clue what it's about. Consequently, I didn't really learn anything from reading this, even if I did enjoy some of the fantastic artwork.
The Flying Lady, July 2008
Written by someone who trades in auto-related movie posters for a living, this book is as much a guided tour of the field as it is a collectable guide. It covers, in chronological order from 1914 to 2005, those 240 posters (and occasional lobby card) that have particular artistic appeal. In other words, it is not about the merits of the movies or the actors in them but about the role of the poster as a publicity vehicle. This also explains why in several cases the poster shown is not the one from the original movie release in the country of origin but the one from a different market, if that poster was more interesting (say, a UK movie is represented by an Indian poster). Each poster lists artist, specs, release country and date, cast, and vehicle information.
"Finally, a motoring book that you can place atop your coffee table without labeling a dirty planet-killer. Everybody who leafs through 'Motor Movies – The Posters!' will put it down having learned plenty and done it in a matter of minutes. It's the kind of book you flip through with your eyes closed, randomly stop on a page, and take in the colors, the glamour and maybe even a hint of nostalgia to leave another page for another day." – Wheels, United Arab Emirates
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Descripción Veloce, 2007. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 2 This book is brand new; never used or opened. No remainder marks. ; 0.9 x 10 x 9.8 Inches; 224 pages. Nº de ref. de la librería 050115-018-304
Descripción Veloce, 2007. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M1845841271
Descripción Estado de conservación: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Nº de ref. de la librería 97818458412701.0
Descripción Veloce, 2007. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P111845841271