Film posters are an art form of their own, historical documentations testifying to our life time, reminding us of the movies and characters we fell in love with. In the old days, they were the first interaction the audience had with the film.
The Jerusalem Cinematheque's poster collection is distinctive in the local sphere. It includes three groups of posters, including a unique collection of most of the Israeli films to have been screened in Israel and abroad, such as A Hole in the Moon, The Policeman, But where is Daniel Vax? , Kazablan, and many many more. This important cultural and historical collection records the story of Israeli cinema from its first days till present day.
The second group consists of posters of international films from the early days of cinema till today's films. You may find here posters for Charlie Chaplin: The Gold Rush, Fellini's Roma, The Blues Brothers, Godfather II, Volver, Marie Antoinette, and more.
One of our most prized collections is that of "Ofek", a 300 poster collection of film ads that were used in cinemas in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem between 1928 and 1934. The collection was found by painter Avraham Ofek in the basements of Bezalel, and later was rediscovered by Ilan de Vries and Hilel Shocken, and acquired by the Jerusalem Cinematheque with the help of the Jerusalem Foundation. The collection depicts the cinema of the early 20th century and reflects the social and cultural life of that time. The collection holds historical and sentimental values.