BARABBAS Daybill Movie Poster Original or Reissue?

It is always disappointing for collectors to find that the daybill that they thought was original turns out to be a reissue. Sellers on ebay and other auctions often sell misrepresented posters and usually say that they cant be held accountable for any errors because they are just part time sellers. In fact, ebay auction records disappear after a fairly short period of time so you cant go back and check on the wording of the listing.


One daybill that has been misrepresented in the past is Barabbas. The film was released c.1961 and an original hand litho daybill was printed for the film. In the mid to late 60s, the film was re released and a corresponding hand litho daybill was printed. Although the printer and censorship details are the same, it is fairly easy to tell that the daybill on the right is the reissue. Why? Well, the reference to the other films is the answer. Zorba the Greek was released in 1964. This indicates that the poster on the right was printed for the re release.


Barabbas (1961)
Director: Richard Fleischer
Writers: Christopher Fry (screenplay), Pär Lagerkvist (novel)
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy

Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life.





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