As I readied for the last couple of weeks of 2012 I intended to revisit and re-share a tribute to Paramount Pictures that I’d previously posted. The great studio celebrated its centennial this year and its legacy deserves attention from movie fans as so much of what they gave us is awesome. There was one minor problem, however, with my sharing that previous tribute – it didn’t exist, except in my mind. Although I did post an entry to a blogathon in the studio’s honor, Sunset Blvd…It IS Big, it wasn’t an all-out tribute just an entry dedicated to one of the greatest films ever made, a Paramount Picture. So I scrambled a bit and here it is a tribute to Paramount…in earnest and in a fashion I use fairly often as I love those posters!
Following is a theatrical poster gallery (for the most part) – a rather random array representing the wonderful films Paramount gave us to enjoy through the years, from the Silent era through the 1950s. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do – they are art. Mostly of the gorgeous variety.
From July 12, Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth (The Loves of Queen Elizabeth) – Paramount’s first film.
Paramount’s first all-Technicolor feature…
Winner of the first “Best Picture” Academy Award…
Paramounts last silent film…
Paramount’s first all-Technicolor talkie…
The Fleischer brothers’ first animated feature film…
First of the Road pictures…
The Fleischer’s final animated feature film…
Paramount’s first film released in “VistaVision,” the studio’s wide-screen film format…
There you have it – an outstanding collection and an extraordinary legacy for which I am thankful to Paramount Pictures – the laughter, the awe, the stars and the stories. The studio started 2012 as the top-ranked U.S. studio 100 years after Adolph Zukor founded Paramount Pictures as Famous Players Film Company in 1912, testament to its continued commitment to excellence in entertainment and to its audience. Congratulations on 100 of quality. We wouldn’t be the same without you.
Looking forward to ‘Paramount Day'(s) during the 2013 TCM 31 days of Oscar!
Just peeked at the schedule yesterday but am very excited for entire month of February. Just wish I didn’t have to work!
This is such a fun, beautiful post. I could stare at these all day, Aurora. Like you said, they are such art. I love seeing so many in one place, this is my kind of gallery 🙂
Well, needless to say that makes me happy. Sharing the appreciation.
Thank you, Sarah.
A horde of gold. Just watched THE HEIRESS again–better than ever.
Love that! “a horde of gold” – INDEED! Glad you liked it. Great film!
These are stunning! I think the posters from the silent era are my faves, although I love the Sunset Boulevard poster you selected, too.
Glad you liked this and I loved looking for the silents – a few, sadly, are no longer available as is the case with the films. Many lost forever. I could wallpaper my entire apartment with that Sunset Blvd. (Spanish) poster. Just gorgeous!
These ARE art! How beautiful. It’s especially fun to see the silent movie posters and the ones from other countries. A lot of these films are on TCM this month – especially the Barbara Stanwyck and Ernest Lubitsch ones. Great post!
I drooled all the way through while posting these, Margaret. I admit it. So glad you enjoyed these.
I t doesn’t sound very ladylike, but, like you, I am also salivating all over my keyboard! Gorgeous, just gorgeous! I want every one of them to hang all over my house! I love the way movie posters exaggerate so much. You know, Aurora, I might just KILL to be able to see Sarah Bernhardt’s Queen Elizabeth. I used to read about her all the time, since I loved stories about old Broadway and the plays. My Dad always called me Sarah Bernhardt because I was of a rather dramatic nature, to put it lightly. Thanks for a beautiful post!
Nothing ladylike about my drooling either, Ms. Bernhardt! They’re really amazing. My favorites are the Noir posters for just the reason you mention, the exaggeration. I’m so glad you liked this. I can look at them forever.
Wow, what a fantastic tribute, Aurora! You selected a perfect compilation of posters that pays homage to the wide variety of Paramount pictures. They are also some of the best posters ever created. What a marvelous idea for a post.
Thanks so much, Rick. I sometimes feel like a cheat with these types of posts but the posters are just so amazing. And a much truer tribute than anything I can ever write. I’m glad you liked these.