If I could look into my crystal ball and tell you which Italian movie poster artists will stand the test of time, then I think it’s safe to say that Enzo Nistri (not to be confused with Ercole Brini) has established his legacy with a boat load full of enchanting poster designs. (via MoviePosterDB and EmP)
In the past, you’ve heard about the infamous Italian trio of artists who dubbed themselves The BCM Studio (Ballester–Capitani-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…
I know when most cinephiles think of Ingmar Bergman, they think of brilliant, but deep, dark, and depressing black and white films…and maybe some quips from Woody Allen. But leave it up to these Italian movie posters to see the bright and beautiful side in his work!
But Geleng was an accomplished artist in his own right as he first attained a modicum of fame as a portrait painter in Italy — then his career really took off when Fellini hired him to head the art department for his early 50’s films. Their partnership continued on through the 80’s, as Geleng created an astonishing array of both Italian and French movie posters for some of the most popular films of their time (Bus Stop, A Streetcar Named Desire, An Affair To Remember), each design trademarked by his easily recognizable, vertically-challenged signature that appears to fall off the page.
And Geleng spread his artistic talent genetically onto his son, Giuliano, who created the famous Amarcord poster for Fellini’s 1973 film (bottom row, far right). In 2000, Felllini, honored his old pal by presenting an exhibition of his work at the Galleria Ca’d’Oro in Rome.
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!
Speaking of history, EMoviePoster has another auction of weird, but wonderful non-U.S. oversized posters that ends today. (And yes, that is a gorilla mask that the lady in the bikini is holding in poster #1. No idea what it means!)