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)
The trouble with identifying vintage movie poster artists is that sometimes there is very little information to go on, aside from a tiny, scribbled signature or unofficial website listings, et cetera…
Which brings me to an Italian poster artist named MOS. In the past, I’ve wrongly identified him as Antonio Mos — but yesterday, the late artist’s lovely daughter, Valerie, contacted me to make the correction. Yes, her father did sign many of his posters from the 1960s and early 1970s as “MOS”; however, his real name is Mario De Berardinis — and you can read his updated bio on Wiki or, better yet, go to Valerie’s wonderful collection of her father’s original paintings of his film work on Flickr. Trust me, it’s amazing stuff. Your eyes will thank you!
Before Reality TV, the creation of Italian mondo cinema in the 1960s gave birth to a weird world of exploitation documentaries that covered many taboo subjects, including sex, death, and pretty much anything else that could either turn you on or creep you out (thank you, Russ Meyer!).
But the one good thing to come out of all this depravity is a remarkably gorgeous portfolio of movie posters, featuring artwork from such mainstream International designers as Manfredo Acerbo and Constantin Belinsky. (Images courtesy of Film Art Gallery and EMP.)