This is an original Japanese rolled poster printed in 1961 for the first release of West Side Story. This poster has been conservation linen-backed and is in a mint condition.
Released on October 18, 1961, through United Artists, the film received high praise from critics and viewers, and became the highest-grossing film of 1961. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture (in addition to a special award for Robbins), becoming the record holder for the most wins for a musical. West Side Story is regarded as one of the greatest musical films of all time. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for the National Film Registry in 1997. A new film adaptation of the same name by Steven Spielberg is set to be released on December 10, 2021. (Source Wikipedia)
We sent this poster from Tokyo all the way to California to our linen-backers and they have done an best-in-class job. It is conservation linen-backed it to ensure it will survive for future generations.
It is 60 years old!
It is not a reproduction or a reprint.
Certificate of Authenticity included.
B2 Size 50 x 70.7cm