From Italian artist, Averardo Ciriello, comes this sweeping beauty, Tales of Manhattan…
It’s that time of year to get crazy — er, make that Gun Crazy — as Peggy Cummins, the star of the 1950 classic noir movie, will be making a special appearance at Eddie Muller’s annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival, which runs from January 25 to February 3. (posters courtesy of Wrong Side of the Art)
From December 14-18, 2012, The Swann Auction Galleries presents Monsters and Maidens: A Film Poster Collection, featuring some of the darnedest damsels in distress designs that any movie poster lover has seen, including works by (clockwise from top left): Roger Soubie, Boris Grinsson, Alfredo Capitani, and Anselmo Ballester. (MOPO)
Owen Smith has drawn up book covers, album covers, and magazine covers (his rich, moody film noiry style has been most recognizably seen on The New Yorker) –– but no movie posters –– unless you count his 2008 San Francisco Market Street poster campaign celebrating Dashell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.
And now Bay Area BART subway stations are going to be decorated with his latest designs promoting the summer reading season, featuring Hammett, Jack London, and Amy Tan.
Not merely satisfied to feed off the crumbs from such 1940’s contemporaries as Bernard Lancy, Henri Cerutti, and Jacques Bonneaud, Pierre Pigeot spread his artistic wings, flying high with several Hollywood classics during his time, including Casablanca and Key Largo.
But if you really want to get a master class in Pigeot’s work (and many other French artists), be sure to check out Dominique Besson’s website, and drop her an email to download her latest catalog.
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!
Manfredo Acerbo, who signed his posters with just his first name, had a talent for design with his loose, sophisticated, painterly style. Certainly, there are other Italian poster artists with much higher profile credits on their résumé (namely, Ercole Brini), but Manfredo’s work is just as pretty — even if the films themselves were not.