Italian Movie Poster Artists…

Click on the name or movie poster to learn more about each Italian artist’s most famous works…

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Anselmo Ballester             Luigi Martinati                Luigi Martinati 2

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Ercole Brini                                          Alfredo Capitani

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Averardo Ciriello               Angelo Cesselon              Giorgio Olivetti

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Enzo Nistri                                             Giuliano Nistri

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Renato Casaro                                    Sandro Symeoni

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Rene Gruau                       Enrico De Seta                Rinaldo Geleng

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Picchioni Franco               Rodolfo Gasparri             Ezio Tarantelli

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Silvano (“Nano”) Campeggi        Tino Avelli                 Mario Piovano

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Ermanno Iaia  Manfredo Acerbo  Mario De Berardinis      Aller

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Alberto Spagnoli

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When Monsters Met Maidens…

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)

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Martinati Straight Up!

Heritage Auctions is putting on another one of their Movie Poster Signature Auctions Nov. 29-30 in Dallas, Texas this week — and I’m pretty high on their lots from Italian master, Luigi Martinati (of the infamous BCM Studio – aka Ballester Capitani Martinati) — who created all the elegant manifestos below.

You Down With MCP?

…yeah, you know me! The wonderful Spanish movie poster trifecta dubbed Estudio MCP (not to be mixed up with The BCM Studio of Italy) — specifically, Ramon Marti, Josep Clave, and Hernan Pico — first appeared on my radar when they were featured in the coffeetable classic, Art of the Modern Movie Poster, by Dave Kehr and Sam Sarowitz, aka Mr. Posteritati.

Sticking to their specialty of film noir and action dramas, the MCP set Español cinemas on fire from the 1950s into the early 1970s with their red hot-blooded designs.

Mambo Italiano!

In the mood for a little Italian? Then you’ll surely feast on New York Times film critic/vintage movie poster collector Dave Kehr’s “imaginatively-titled” book, Italian Film Posters!

Kehr goes beyond the traditional Italian classics, such as La Dolce Vita and The Bicycle Thief — and features a bowlful of astonishing, lesser-known beauties as well as fills in some nice chunks of history on the notorious BCM Studio (Anselmo Ballester, Alfredo Capitani, and Luigi Martinati), a trio of artists that launched their designs on the early International movie poster industry. And even though the book’s already been out a few years, I’m sure you’ll agree that the images featured inside are timeless.

Also, while you’re at it, don’t forget about Dave Kehr’s other poster books, including The Art of the Modern Movie Poster, Exploitation Movie Posters, and The Independent Movie Poster Book.

Poster Ripoff?

After taking a closer look at The Big Heat poster/cover (illustrated by Anselmo Ballester) of Dave Kehr’s Italian Film Posters, it reminded me of the famous Blade Runner one sheet designed by John Alvin