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L.A. CONFIDENTIAL INTERNATIONAL ONE SHEET

 

The L.A. Confidential one sheet is one of the coolest and, er, hottest modern posters. (My copy is shown above.) Unfortunately, it is very rare and easily confused with both the Sonis reprint and the US video poster.

ORIGINAL FEATURES:

  1. -27” x 40” single-sided

  2. -often founded folded

  3. -lacks Sonis logo at bottom center

  4. -“Danny Devito” is spelled correctly in upper right

However, the studio later did use the international art for the US video poster (below). Although both are 27”x40” and single-sided, it is easy to distinguish from the international theatrical poster.

SONIS REPRINT FEATURES:

  1. -27” x 39” single-sided

  2. -always rolled

  3. -“Dany Devito” (upper right) is misspelled

- has Sonis logo at bottom center (see inset)

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Below left is the second international one sheet for LA Confidential. It is extraordinarily rare - it took me three years looking to finally find one - and there are no known bootlegs or Sonis reprints.  It is known that the English language one sheet of this version was used in Canada.  At least one other country (Poland) also used this artwork (see below).  I assume that this second international poster was distributed to conservative countries.


The studio did use similar artwork (although in black and white or with a green tone) on a poster issued after the Oscars. See lower right posters. These posters are very common.

OTHER LA CONFIDENTIAL POSTERS

DISTINGUISHING THE SONIS REPRINT

Sonis reprinted the LA Confidential international one sheet. It is very common and routinely sold as an “original.”  Fortunately, it is easy to distinguish from the original.

DISTINGUISHING THE VIDEO POSTER

The international one sheet art was NEVER distributed to US theaters, perhaps because it was deemed too risque for US audiences!  Below is the official US theatrical poster for LA confidential.

ORIGINAL FEATURES:

  1. -Spacey wearing black jacket (easiest way to distinguish)

  2. -No “home video” in logo section (see inset)

VIDEO POSTER FEATURES:

  1. -Spacey wearing white jacket 27” x 40” single sided

  2. - says “1998 Warner Home Video” in logo section (see inset)