|#4668-4671 Great Film Directors 2012 (Forever) Postage Stamp
These Great Film Directors (ForeverŪ) stamps honor four great
filmmakers who captured the many varieties of the American experience. Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, and Billy Wilder created
some of the most iconic scenes in American cinema. They gave audiences an unforgettable (and in some cases, deeply personal) vision
These four filmmakers received multiple Academy Award nominations, 15 Oscars, and numerous other honors during their lifetimes.
But their greatest accomplishment lies in the vitality and artistry of the stories they told through film. The stamp art combines
a portrait of each man with a scene from one of his most iconic works.
The background art for the stamp honoring Frank Capra shows
a scene from It Happened One Night, a comedy in which a runaway heiress (played by Claudette Colbert) and a reporter (Clark Gable)
compare their hitchhiking skills.
For the John Ford stamp, the background recalls a scene from The Searchers, an influential Western
starring John Wayne and making Ford's characteristic use of the American landscape.
The Maltese Falcon inspired the background art
for the John Huston stamp. In this classic mystery, gumshoe Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) goes up against various unscrupulous characters
(among them Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet).
And for Billy Wilder, the background artwork was inspired by Some Like
It Hot, a farce about two male musicians (Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis) who seek refuge from gangsters by posing as members of an all-girl
band featuring luscious singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe).
Art Director Derry Noyes designed these stamps using art by award-winning
illustrator Gary Kelley, who created the images using pastels on paper.
The Great Film Directors stamps are being issued as Forever
stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 20 (5 of each design). Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail
#4668-4671 Great Film Directors 2012 (Forever)