Presented is an original movie poster from 1971 for the popular Steve McQueen movie Le Mans. This color lithograph was produced in the United States by Cinema Center Films through the National Screen Service Corporation. The poster depicts Steve McQueen in a white racing uniform, waving to the packed crowd of the Le Mans. The poster is illustrated in a pen and watercolor style. The text at top reads, "Steve McQueen takes you for a drive in the country. The country is France. The drive is at 200 MPH!," in big block letters.
Le Mans stars actor Steve McQueen and was directed by Lee H. Katzin. The film is based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which took place in the summer of 1970. The film, while primarily fiction, features actual footage from the 1970 Le Mans race. The film beautifully captures one of the most iconic, evocative eras in motorsports. McQueen's crew shot the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s battled it out and hit speeds once thought to be inconceivable. McQueen wanted this movie to introduce a wider audience to the world of racing he so dearly loved, and although the movie ended up way over budget, the resulting footage has since been celebrated as fitting tribute to the world racing.
The poster is in good condition with only some minor fold and surface wear. Like most one-sheet movie posters printed before 1990, it was folded after printing but the folds are much less noticeable after linen-backing. It is presented using the finest archival materials and procedures.
Framed dimensions: 45"H x 31.25"W x 1.5"D.