NATIVE SON (1951) 2-sheet poster


NATIVE SON (1951) 2-sheet poster Richard Wright (source) [New York]: Classic Pictures, [1951]. Vintage original 54 x 41″ (137 x 104 cm.) two sheet poster. On linen, with minor conservation to address slight wear at foldlines and blank margins, near fine, with bright colors.

Richard Wright co-wrote the adaptation of his novel with director Pierre Chenal. Although the great African American actor Canada Lee had originally been scheduling to play the lead role of Bigger Thomas, Lee experienced visa problems which forced him to decline the part. And Chenal and Wright wound up having to shoot the film in Argentina, with Buenos Aires locales being used to represent the film’s setting of Chicago.

All posters for this film are quite scarce, but this particular two sheet is unusually so. It is the only one this cataloguer has ever seen, and it is, both in its layout and its bright coloring, entirely different from any of this film’s other posters.

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