Film Posters: This is Lebanon in the 1950s

Published May 14th, 2019 - 07:04 GMT

At a Beirut cultural centre, Lebanese film buff is exhibiting vintage film posters from his collection that show off a lost art, but also offer insight into decades of Western cliches of the Arab world.

Abu Jawdeh first began collecting posters in his teens, starting with films starring American actors Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood.

Visiting old cinemas in Lebanon and across the region, he unearthed a world of images -- for more foreign films, but also thousands of prints advertising films from the Arab world.

Some of his finds in this rare collection date back to 1930s Egypt or Lebanon in the late 1950s.

Today he owns some 20,000 posters, stacked up to the ceiling at his publishing house, their bright colors shielded from the sunlight.

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In a Beirut cultural centre, Lebanese film buff Abboudi Abu Jawdeh is exhibiting vintage film posters from his collection that show off a lost art, but also offer insight into decades of Western cliches of the Arab world. JOSEPH EID / AFP

In a Beirut cultural centre, Lebanese film buff Abboudi Abu Jawdeh is exhibiting vintage film posters from his collection that show off a lost art, but also offer insight into decades of Western cliches of the Arab world. JOSEPH EID / AFP

Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP

Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP

Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP

Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP

Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP

Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP

Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage Lebanese cinema specialised magazines collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP

Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage Lebanese cinema specialised magazines collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP

 In a Beirut cultural centre, Lebanese film buff Abboudi Abu Jawdeh is exhibiting vintage film posters from his collection that show off a lost art, but also offer insight into decades of Western cliches of the Arab world. JOSEPH EID / AFP

In a Beirut cultural centre, Lebanese film buff Abboudi Abu Jawdeh is exhibiting vintage film posters from his collection that show off a lost art, but also offer insight into decades of Western cliches of the Arab world. JOSEPH EID / AFP

Vintage cinema posters are displayed at an art exhibition in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP

Vintage cinema posters are displayed at an art exhibition in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP

Visitors observe vintage cinema posters displayed at an art exhibition in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP

Visitors observe vintage cinema posters displayed at an art exhibition in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP

Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP

Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP

In a Beirut cultural centre, Lebanese film buff Abboudi Abu Jawdeh is exhibiting vintage film posters from his collection that show off a lost art, but also offer insight into decades of Western cliches of the Arab world. JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage Lebanese cinema specialised magazines collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
 In a Beirut cultural centre, Lebanese film buff Abboudi Abu Jawdeh is exhibiting vintage film posters from his collection that show off a lost art, but also offer insight into decades of Western cliches of the Arab world. JOSEPH EID / AFP
Vintage cinema posters are displayed at an art exhibition in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Visitors observe vintage cinema posters displayed at an art exhibition in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
In a Beirut cultural centre, Lebanese film buff Abboudi Abu Jawdeh is exhibiting vintage film posters from his collection that show off a lost art, but also offer insight into decades of Western cliches of the Arab world. JOSEPH EID / AFP
In a Beirut cultural centre, Lebanese film buff Abboudi Abu Jawdeh is exhibiting vintage film posters from his collection that show off a lost art, but also offer insight into decades of Western cliches of the Arab world. JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage Lebanese cinema specialised magazines collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage Lebanese cinema specialised magazines collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP
 In a Beirut cultural centre, Lebanese film buff Abboudi Abu Jawdeh is exhibiting vintage film posters from his collection that show off a lost art, but also offer insight into decades of Western cliches of the Arab world. JOSEPH EID / AFP
In a Beirut cultural centre, Lebanese film buff Abboudi Abu Jawdeh is exhibiting vintage film posters from his collection that show off a lost art, but also offer insight into decades of Western cliches of the Arab world. JOSEPH EID / AFP
Vintage cinema posters are displayed at an art exhibition in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Vintage cinema posters are displayed at an art exhibition in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP
Visitors observe vintage cinema posters displayed at an art exhibition in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Visitors observe vintage cinema posters displayed at an art exhibition in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut  JOSEPH EID / AFP
Abboudi Abu Jawdeh shows part of his vintage cinema poster collection at his office in the Lebanese capital Beirut JOSEPH EID / AFP