Django Bass!

Quentin Tarantino has gone Saul Bass on our ass (or perhaps it was a combo platter of Rene Ferracci’s Wild Bunch and Thief of Paris that caught his eye) with the new teaser for his upcoming spaghetti western, Django Unchained. (ImpAwards)

Real Men Wear Black!

Is Sean Penn’s new one-sheet for This Must Be The Place an homage to the 1968 Italian film poster for The Bride Wore Black (by Ferracci)? (ImpAwards and EatBrie)

Of course, don’t confuse these titles with this Chuck Norris fashionable-action classic…

Cannes Do!

Adrian Curry of the MUBI has a nice write-up on the history of Cannes Film Festival posters, including a few by Belgian fave, Jean-Michel Folon (left) and Rene Ferracci (middle)…

Ferracci Friday!

René Ferracci (1927-1982) was like the Ferrari (or Gucci, if you prefer handbags) of French movie poster artists back in the late 1960s — because at the time, nobody had seen anything like him! Similar to Sergei Eisenstein who invented montage on film with The Battleship Potemkin, Ferracci was one of the early pioneers to introduce photo-montage/collage designs into his posters, mixing color illustrations with black-and-white photography (or vice versa) and offset printing.

And it worked out very well for him as Ferracci became a brand name in the movie poster world — as well as a marketing expert in branding — by being one of the first artists to stamp (not sign) his name on each of his posters.