Bert Stern has worked with Hollywood’s biggest stars — and shot the movie poster for Lolita, as well as the recent Taschen book on Marilyn Monroe. And now there’s a new documentary about the photographer called Bert Stern: Original Mad Man.(Film/Art)
Marilyn Monroe gets an Andy Warhol movie poster makeover — with these two Italian posters by Alberto Spagnoli for River of No Return.
One of the great things about vintage movie posters is you come across actors and actresses that you never knew existed — for example, take British bombshell, Diana Dors. Considered by many to be England’s answer to Marilyn Monroe, Dors was boffo at the British box office — but her career across the pond never fully took flight (mainly due to an over-controlling first husband and other Hollywood politics, I’m sure). She passed away in 1984 at the age of 52.
Regardless, even if you haven’t seen any of her films, the posters and titles alone are entertaining — Blonde Sinner, The Unholy Wife, Tread Softly Stranger, and Passport to Shame, to name a few. And if Ms. Dors was good enough for the late great Richard Dawson (her second hubby, the kissy-kissy host of Family Feud and The Running Man), then she’s good enough for me!
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.
After reading that yesterday would’ve been Marilyn Monroe’s 85th birthday, I also learned that Bill Gold hired Richard Avedon, the late world reknown fashion photographer, to do the photography for one of her most famous movie posters, The Prince and The Showgirl.