This is an original, Australian movie poster from 1962 for West Side Story starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins directed the classic musical. Joseph Caroff is the artist for the poster. The iconic art is frequently misattributed to Saul Bass.
The daybill poster measures 13.25" x 30" and has been linen-backed for long-term preservation and display. The poster was in good to very good condition prior to linen-backing. It was exposed to moisture at some point resulting in some faint, scattered water stains. The poster had some minor edge wear and was mounted in the European method without restoration.
Please look closely at the photos (this is the exact poster you are buying). It is not cropped or a stock image. The black squares in the corners of the poster are magnets and not pins.
This rare and very collectible movie poster, printed in 1962 to promote the initial, Australian theatrical release of West Side Story, is not a reproduction or a reprint.
CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY (COA) INCLUDED
Year poster printed: 1962 (first theatrical release in Australia)
Size: 13.25 in x 30 in (34 cm x 76 cm) (plus linen border)
Artist: Joseph Caroff