The Miracle of Martinati

In the past, you’ve heard about the infamous Italian trio of artists who dubbed themselves The BCM Studio (BallesterCapitani-Martinati) — but I’ve yet to dedicate a single post to the movie posters credited solely to Luigi Martinati. So hang onto your hats, folks, because it doesn’t get much better than this…

Of course, if you want to be a true foglio aficionado, then do your eyes a favor and check out Dave Kehr’s enchanting-yet-simply-titled book, Italian Film Posters. (via Chisholm-Larsson and MoviePosterDB)


Dang, who knew Glenn Ford could be so sexy? I always remember him as the creepy doc in the 80’s schlockfest, Happy Birthday To Me — but he sure do look good in a cowboy hat, don’t he? I think these Italian movie posters for Jubal (1956) will back me up on that.

Btw, the top left and bottom versions were done by none other than Alfredo Capitani of the infamous BCM Studio — but of course, he could make anyone look good!

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.