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.

Who’s Got Next?

Now that The Expendables have blasted their way into our consciousness, it will only be a matter of time before these slew of action films get remade into something bigger and badder.

By the way, The Black Six featured a gang of ex-NFL players from the 70’s, so it would be interesting to see which current athletes/actors they would cast for that today…Hmm, how ’bout an NBA version with Shaq, LeBron, Kobe, Ray Allen, and Dennis Rodman to get the ball rolling?


Once called by The New York Times as “the most successful living American artist you’ve never heard of”, Howard Terpning illustrated many of the biggest Hollywood classics of the 60’s and 70’s. Like Robert Tanenbaum, he eventually moved on from movie posters to focus exclusively on portraits of Native Americans, cowboys, and the American West.

Check out the rest of his ter-pelicious portfolio here.