Brian De Palma’s MURDER À LA MOD (1968) [and] Paul Bartel’s THE SECRET CINEMA (1968) Silkscreen poster


[New York, 1968]. Vintage original 26 x 19 3/4″ (66 x 50 cm.) silkscreen poster. With one horizontal fold and a tiny chip in upper right corner, a minute paper lift in extreme bottom left, a slight bit of wear at fold, just about fine.

Murder à la Mod was Brian De Palma’s first feature film. It had a miniscule release. I am only aware of it being played in single movie theaters in New York City and Los Angeles. In both cases, it was shown on a double bill with Paul Bartel’s very first film, the short The Secret Cinema. De Palma’s film, though a very early effort, is already stylishly shot and edited. And The Secret Cinema (about a woman who comes to learn that her life is being clandestinely filmed and screened secretly) is a cult classic, whose premise was the basis for various other later films.

The poster is a vibrant silkscreen by Schulenberg. Until encountering this poster, I have never seen or heard of any other example of it coming to light.

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