Forty of Something: Collections From Our Community

from the collection of Mike Landers

Closing Reception: Thursday, August 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

“Collecting movie memorabilia has been one of my enduring hobbies. It’s satisfying and fun to own some advertising material from a movie that I really like, although I do own posters and stills from movies that I’ve never seen. Movie stills are a great thing to collect because they’re small, easy to store, and easy to display. Most of the time, movie stills are just recreations of specific scenes from a movie. But the most interesting ones are usually the promotional stills of stars or candid shots of the stars, director, and crew. I like them all.

I’ve loved movies my entire life. I remember my first trip to the movie theatre when I was very young. I saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with my Mom at the Palace Theatre in downtown Athens. The theatre seemed enormous, and was packed with kids and their parents. That spectacle of seeing a movie with a large crowd in a packed theatre left an impression on me. It’s that same moviegoing experience that I still crave today. The smell of popcorn. The buzz of the crowd. The lights go down and the curtains part and the excitement builds. Previews, cartoons, and then the music swells as the studio logo and titles are displayed. It’s magic and a magical experience. ” – Mike Landers

Mike Landers is a photographer and lifelong resident of Athens. He’s also a lifelong collector. His collecting interests have included furniture and decorative arts, old phonograph records (78s, LPs, 45s), art glass, cookie jars, toy rayguns, modern porcelain vases, ties, pocket squares, shoes, and movie memorabilia.

Mothra (1962)
Rodan, the Flying Monster! (1957)
Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1965)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
King Kong (1933)
Superman: the Movie (1978)
Raging Bull (1980)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)
The Godfather (1972)
Chinatown (1974)
Star Wars (1977)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1980)
The Road Warrior (1980)
Rumblefish (1983)
Risky Business (1983)
Touch of Evil (1958) publiciy shot of Janet Leigh
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) publicity shot of Ginger Rogers
Some Like it Hot (1959) publiciy shot of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon at the studio.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) publicity shot of Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbot, and the monstter.
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) publicity shot of Paul Williams with other orangutans.
Marnie (1964) Alfred Hitchcock gives Tippi Hedren some instructions.
Goldfinger (1964) publicity shot of Pussy Galor (Honor Balckman) with her Flying Circus.
Psycho (1960)
North By Northwest (1959) 1 – publiciy shot of Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason at Mount Rushmore
North By Northwest (1959) 2 – Cary Grant is fleeing for his life.
North By Northwest (1959) 3 – Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint on the monument.
The Birds (1963) publicity shot of Tippi Hedron menaced by a bird.
The Graduate (1968)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
West Side Story (1961)
Singin’ In the Rain (1952)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Cabaret (1972)
Annie Hall (1977)
Suddenly Last Summer (1960)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Cleopatra (1963)