You gotta love movie posters that give you lots of information about the movie — but is there such a thing as too much information? Here’s some unnamed Italian artists who threw in everything and the kitchen sink in showing off their designs…(EMoviePoster)
Enzo Nistri seems a little bored while Roman Polanski presents the art of Repulsion.
Following his higher calling in movie posters, it’s no wonder that Italian illustrator, Angelo Cesselon, later moved onto drawing portraits of saints and other religious paintings for churches since looking at his beautiful work can be somewhat of a religious experience.
With the world’s financial markets going into the toilet, now might be a good time to buy Bonds. That’s right — James Bond! Specifically, these International beauties from Italian designers, Giorgio Olivetti (top row) and Averardo Ciriello (bottom left), as well as French kingpin, Boris Grinsson (bottom right). (via Heritage and 007 Illustrated)
If I could look into my crystal ball and tell you which Italian movie poster artists will stand the test of time, then I think it’s safe to say that Enzo Nistri (not to be confused with Ercole Brini) has established his legacy with a boat load full of enchanting poster designs. (via MoviePosterDB and EmP)
What do you know? Just last week, we featured the beautiful Italian movie posters by Symeoni and Gasparri from the 1960s spaghetti western, Django — and now comes word that Quentin Tarantino has just finished his latest script, Django Unchained, which will surely be a bloody, modern Southern-ized update on the much-heralded, though little-seen classic…
He is the man with no first name (at least one that I could find!) and goes by the nom de plume, P. Franco. But what’s more important is that this Italian illustrator mastered the movie poster art of the spaghetti western (no relation, of course, to Franco-American, maker of SpaghettiO’s).
Although Franco’s credits are chock full of Italian B-movie shoot ‘em-ups, much like his poster buds, Symeoni and Gasparri — he also drew a few Hollywood classics, such as Dirty Harry and The Seven Year Itch.
SPOILER ALERT: The clip below features the touching ending of Cinema Paradiso, so in case you haven’t seen it, please be forewarned. On the other hand, it still is worth watching even if you haven’t seen the movie — but it just probably won’t be that touching.
We’ve heard of the great Tarantino, but what about Ezio Tarantelli? This illustrious Italian artist created a whole slew of “bella” foglios and locandinas for lots of 60s and 70s B-movies (much like Sandro Symeoni and Antonio Mos), including many spaghetti westerns — and he also had an inglorious basterd poster of his own design called Bastardo Vamos A Matar!
If the drawing styles of Toulouse Lautrec and Osvaldo Venturi were to meet up in a dark alley, then you might come out smelling like a rose with the bright watercolory beauties of Italian movie poster artist, Ercole Brini.
From The Bicycle Thief to Blow-Up, his romantic
paintings posters added a touch of elegance to whomever was appearing in them — especially his striking, sophisticated portraits of women — as Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren would surely attest. And just his name sounds like one of today’s fashion world gurus…Georgio Armani, Henri Bendel…Ercole Brini! (via DominiqueBesson and MoviePosterDB)
Although he is generally not mentioned in the same breath as the incredible Italian trio of Ballester-Capitani-Martinati, it is without debate that fellow Italian artist, Averardo Ciriello, is right up there with the poster kings of design when you take a peek at his astonishing résumé of Hollywood classics.
My only guess is that the illustrator’s choice of doing girlie pin-ups for the Italian erotic comic book, Maghella, perhaps soiled his splendid reputation later in life. Whatever the case may be, his gorgeous work cannot be denied. (via MoviePosterDB)
I’ve actually never seen Persona, the 1966 Ingmar Bergman film starring Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson, but if it’s even half as cool as these posters than surely it can’t be that depressing.
The UK poster was designed by famed Academy Cinemas linocutter, Peter Strausfeld, and the Belgian version (middle) comes via the impressive MyPosterCollection, which also features a nice selection of Japanese posters.