Monday, July 28, 2014

French Snow White Movie Posters

Snow White Theatrical Releases by RKO Radio Pictures in France:
  • May 6, 1938
  • December 30, 1944
  • August 31, 1951

1938. RKO. Folded Moyenne style, 60 x 80 cm / 23" x 32" (similar in size to a US half sheet). Printed by Bedos & Cie, Paris.

Image via Heritage Auctions.


Some of the French movie posters used during the 1938 release were reissued for the 1945 and 1951 campaigns too. A display page in the 1938 pressbook shows the main designs.




1938. RKO. Folded Grande style, 120 x 160 cm / 47" x 63" (similar in size to the US 40x60). Design by Jacques Bonneaud. Snow White is depicted in a pink dress, long before the 1992 re-release poster.




1938. RKO. Folded Grande style, 120 x 160 cm / 47" x 63". Design by Bernard Lancy. Printed by Bedos & Cie, Paris.



The 1951 poster was issued with different lettering and the "Technicolor" tag was added in lower right corner. The artist's name appears below Doc.




1938. RKO. Theatre Banner, 60 x 240 cm / 23" x 94". Artwork by Gustaf Tenggren. Printed by Bedos & Cie, Paris.




Sold by Heritage Auctions on February 23, 2012 for $4481.25.



1938. RKO. Four-panel, 238.5 x 309cm / 94" x 121". Printed by Bauduin, Paris.


Sold by Christie's on June 15, 2011 for £7,750 ($12,671).


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Distributed by Athos Films:
  • December 12, 1962 (French redub)

R-1962. Athos. Folded Grande style, 120 x 160 cm / 47" X 63". Design by Jacques Fourastié. Printed by Affiches Gaillard, Paris. The text reads: "The admirable masterpiece by Walt Disney. Snow White comes back for us younger than ever!"



R-1962. Athos. Folded Two-panel style, 160 x 240 cm. Illustrated by Jacques Fourastié. Printed by Affiches Gaillard, Paris. It may also have come as a four-panel, 238.5 x 309 cm.



Here's the cover of the pressbook which uses much of the same design.



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Distributed by Walt Disney Productions:
  • December 5, 1973
  • November 30, 1983

1973. W.D.P. Folded Petite style, 40 x 60 cm / 15.7" x 23.6". Also Grande style, 120 x 160 cm.




1983. W.D.P. Folded Petite style, 40 x 60 cm. Also Grande style, 120 x 160 cm.



1983. W.D.P. Pantalon style (often referred to as door poster or French insert), 60 x 160 cm / 23.6" x 63".



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Distributed by Warner Bros:
  • February 12, 1992

R-1992. Warner Bros. Folded Petite style, 40 x 60 cm. Also Grande style, 120 x 160 cm. The pink dress.



Special thanks to Greg Philip of A Lost Film for sharing his valuable research and for providing many of these poster images.

2 comments:

  1. Have you ever noticed that Sleepy, on the poster above, has FIVE fingers on his left hand?!

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    1. Never noticed that before. Good eye there! :)

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