UPDATE: Despite the horrific shooting tragedy at the Dark Knight Rises midnight screening in Colorado, I thought we should shine a bat-light on all of the other previous versions of the famous franchise…
Giuliano Nistri grew up in the shadow of big brother poster artist, Enzo Nistri (in fact, I wrongly credited Dial M For Murder and a few other designs to Enzo in the past) — but let the record show that young Giuliano is more than capable of defending himself. The proof can be seen below in his terrific oeuvre of manifestos from the 1950s and 1960s, going from the classics to kitsch in one fell swoosh of his pen. (MoviePosterDB, EMP)
Yahoo says the new Dark Knight Rises teaser poster has a familiar case of Inception. Luckily, they’re both directed by Christopher Nolan!
The life of Boris Grinsson could be a movie. Born a Russian Jew in 1907, he abandoned his dreams of acting to become a designer in Berlin. But then after doing an anti-Hitler poster depicting the Führer as an archangel of death in 1933, the Nazis soon came after him and he fled to rural France with his German wife. For years, he survived doing farmwork in the liberated zone, painting frescoes in dance bars, cafes, and, yes, movie theatres.
It wasn’t until after the war ended in 1944 that he was able to safely return to Paris and his one true love: designing movie posters. He joined The Synidcat, a French publicity agency, where the established veteran, Roger Soubie, got all the “A” films and Grinsson did all the “B” movies. But Boris finally found his calling as he soon became highly sought after and never met a commission he didn’t like, as he covered pretty much every genre from animated cartoons and comedies to epic period dramas and action thrillers.