Film studios frequently issue more than one version of a poster for a single film. The variation may occur in the size, coloring, content, or even in the design. This variation is found in the Fonoroff Collection, which contains 4,195 posters advertising a smaller number of films. The earliest poster in the collection is one of the earliest produced for a Chinese film, Yan shan xia yin 燕山侠隐 (1926).
Best represented in the collection are Hong Kong films of the last two decades of the twentieth century, followed by mainland Chinese films of the 1950s through the 1980s. There are also 1,180 posters for foreign films that were shown in China after being dubbed. The posters document what Chinese moviegoers saw and, in politically sensitive times, what the government allowed to be seen.
Note: information provided to the right of individual poster images refers to the film the poster was produced to advertise; it does not refer to the poster itself.