Piovano Paradiso!

Mario Piovano, one of the more unsung stylists of Italian movie poster design, has come up with some real beauties for his work done under the Paradiso Studio label. (Posterit)

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.

Masked Mos

Okay, Halloween’s Thanksgiving’s over — so how ’bout we take off that mask? And btw, how come this trendy 1970’s look went out of style for bank robbers and thugs? Judging from these foglis, Italian artist MOS, aka Mario De Berardinis, did his darnedest for posterity! (EMP)

Franco-Italian Poster Smackdown!

Sometimes two different artists from two different countries — Clement Hurel (France) and Sandro Symeoni (Italy) — can come up with remarkably similar-looking posters for entirely different films…(KinoArt)

Como Istas?

For A Few Dollars More…

It’s that time of year again –– Heritage Auctions is putting on its Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction in Beverly Hills, July 25-26.

And if you’re looking forward to Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the godfather of the spaghetti western, Clint Eastwood, will be dialing for dollars!

Life’s A Nistri

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)

Dors Delights!

One of the great things about vintage movie posters is you come across actors and actresses that you never knew existed — for example, take British bombshell, Diana Dors. Considered by many to be England’s answer to Marilyn Monroe, Dors was boffo at the British box office — but her career across the pond never fully took flight (mainly due to an over-controlling first husband and other Hollywood politics, I’m sure). She passed away in 1984 at the age of 52.

Regardless, even if you haven’t seen any of her films, the posters and titles alone are entertaining — Blonde Sinner, The Unholy Wife, Tread Softly Stranger, and Passport to Shame, to name a few. And if Ms. Dors was good enough for the late great Richard Dawson (her second hubby, the kissy-kissy host of Family Feud and The Running Man), then she’s good enough for me!

You Broke My Heart, Man-fredo…

Manfredo Acerbo, who signed his posters with just his first name, had a talent for design with his loose, sophisticated, painterly style. Certainly, there are other Italian poster artists with much higher profile credits on their résumé (namely, Ercole Brini), but Manfredo’s work is just as pretty — even if the films themselves were not.