Friday, November 26, 2010

GRIN, SMILE, SMIRK: THE FILMS OF BURT LANCASTER—Les fiches de monsieur cinéma

Monsieur Cinéma was a film quiz show which appeared on French television in the 1970s, hosted by Pierre Tchernia, best known for his animated productions of Asterix (the beloved comic books series by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo). Collectible cards were produced in conjunction with the show (les fiches de monsieur cinéma) and—whenever I visit Paris—I frequently find them for sale among the bouquinistes. These informative collectibles often come up for auction by such Ebay vendors as Pop Culture Paradise (the source of most of the following images). Enjoy!

Grin, Smile, Smirk: The Films of Burt Lancaster launches tonight at the Pacific Film Archive with Lancaster's debut performance in The Killers (1946), and continues through December 11, 2010.

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