Before Quentin Tarantino’s Django is Unchained across cineplexes on Christmas Day, there will be a limited release of Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 original film, Django, on 12/21 to give audiences some backstory of the spaghetti western. (Deadline Hollywood)
What do you know? Just last week, we featured the beautiful Italian movie posters by Symeoni and Gasparri from the 1960s spaghetti western, Django — and now comes word that Quentin Tarantino has just finished his latest script, Django Unchained, which will surely be a bloody, modern Southern-ized update on the much-heralded, though little-seen classic…
He is the man with no first name (at least one that I could find!) and goes by the nom de plume, P. Franco. But what’s more important is that this Italian illustrator mastered the movie poster art of the spaghetti western (no relation, of course, to Franco-American, maker of SpaghettiO’s).
Although Franco’s credits are chock full of Italian B-movie shoot ’em-ups, much like his poster buds, Symeoni and Gasparri — he also drew a few Hollywood classics, such as Dirty Harry and The Seven Year Itch.
Rodolfo Gasparri, the Italian stallion movie poster artist, was featured last year for his badass Django sheets — but this guy also had a softer side as he drew up many Italian romances and melodramas, as well.
But never trust an artist who likes guns because you never know when his/her dark side might come out!
While Clint Eastwood became the king of the Spaghetti Westerns, there was also another Italian badass by the name of Franco Nero who starred in a bunch of Django movies and was the poster boy for a bunch of really cool Italian posters. Would’ve loved to have seen ol’ Franco and Clint in a shootout!
My personal favorite is the Tempo di Massacro (aka The Brute and the Beast) by Italian artist, Sandro Symeoni (top, middle), but then again, the Django (bottom) by Rodolfo Gasparri ain’t bad either.