POSTER FROM ACADEMY CINEMA,OXFORD STREET

Contributed by Kathleen Duffy

POSTER FROM ACADEMY CINEMA,OXFORD STREET

This is my poster from the Academy Cinema, a film club in Oxford Street, which was a favourite haunt of art house cinema buffs in the 1960s. They had a Laurence Olivier Season every year as well as regularly showing foreign films which the Censor of the time wouldn't tolerate.

The artist, Peter Strausfeld, created a whole series of posters, all in linocut or woodblock, for the Academy Cinema, of which this is one. He was an emigre artist, interned for the duration of the Second World War, as luck would have it alongside the Director of the Academy Cinema, George Hoellering. Hoellering persuaded Strausfeld to create posters for his Academy Cinema after the war.

This item therefore embodies an element of the social history of World War II in the UK, as it illustrates, literally, how art came out of a war time collaboration between two emigres interned in the UK. It is also a document showing part of the history of British cinema in that it was produced for a cinema club in London which created a way to avoid the censor. It also shows an iconic actor as the subject of an unusual film poster.

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