Vintage French Movie Posters

La Grande Illusion, c.1946
signed: Bernard Lancy


These reproductions are from expired auction listings at ha.com. The dates range from 1927 to 1981 with many posters from the 1940s.

Fantômas, 1932
artist unknown

Fantômas, 1947
artist: Jacques Fourastie

The Lodger, 1944
artist: Roger Jacquier Rojac

The Killers, 1964
artist: Guy Gérard Noël

Beauty and the Beast, 1946
artist: Jean-Denis Malclès

Eyes Without a Face, 1960
artist: Jean Mascii

Eyes Without a Face, 1960
artist: Jean Mascii

Earth Versus the Flying Saucers, 1956 artist: Georges Kerfyser

Godzilla, 1956
artist: A. Poucel

Wages of Fear, 1953
artist: Rene Ferracci

The Maltese Falcon, 1941
artist unknown

The Big Sleep, 1946
artist: Vincent Cristellys

Casablanca, 1940s
artist: Pierre Pigeot

Notorious, 1946
artist: Pierre Segogne

Scarlett Empress, 1934
artist: Roger Vacher

The Birds, 1963
artist: Boris Grinsson

The Stranger, 1945
artist: Clement Hurel

The Mysterious Rider, 1927

The Mysterious Island, 1929

Bird of Paradise, 1932
artist: Bernard Lancy

The Big Clock, 1948
artist: Boris Grisson

Miracle in Milan, 1951
artist: Boris Grinsson

Six in Paris, 1965
artist: Folon

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Stalker, 1981
artist: Folon

Movie graphic from Denmark, circa 1926–64

Swing Time (1936) signed: Erik F. I’ve done three posts of vintage Swedish movie posters, but this is my first (and probably last) post of Danish posters. Kurt Wenzel and Erik F. (Erik Frederiksen) seem to be the big names in poster design in Denmark. The reproductions are from expired auction listings at ha.com. Heritage doesn’t have many to choose from (unlike the Swedish posters), and almost all of them are stamped by the Danish censor board, which makes me think they come from a single collection. Greed (1926) Kiss of Death (1947) Last Warning (1929) The Thing from Another World (1951) The War of the Worlds (1954) signed: Wenzel King Kong (poster, 1948) signed: Boye The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Pearls of the Crown (1937) signed: Rodian T. Dark Victory (1939) Leave Her to Heaven (1948) signed: Willy Suspicion (1948) Looks like Wenzel again The 39 Steps (1960) signed: Wenzel The Puritan (Early 1940s) signed: Ruthwenn Eriksen Chamber of Horrors (1947) signed: Erik F. The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964) The Gay Divorcee (1934) signed: Erik F. Maciste in Hell (1927) signed: Wenzel I would have guessed a much later date for this poster The Night of the Hunter (1955) signed: Wenzel Sunset Boulevard (1951) signed: ByS? This post first appeared on April 7, 2014 on 50 Watts

Eva Bednářová, illustrations

Illustrations by Eva Bednářová for ‘Pohádky’ (Fairy Tales) by Olga Scheinpflugová (Prague, 1971) From my earlier post “Button Tales”:Eva Bednářová (1937–1986) was a prolific Czech illustrator who won both BIB and IBBY awards (major illustration awards). I haven’t found a bio for her in English, but this Czech page includes a bibliography, a photo, and two amazing images (I want whatever books they come from) [April 2014 update: they come from this book!]… I think just one book featuring Bednářová’s work made it into English: Chinese Fairy Tales (Artia 1969, 1970s in English on Amazon). For the same Artia fairy tale series, she illustrated stories by Perrault and d’Aulnoy in 1978 (cheap French reprint here; will feature it someday) and stories from Tibet in 1974. And about the author, from wikipedia: “Olga Scheinpflugová (1902–68) was a Czech actress and writer. She was a daughter of the writer, journalist and playwright Karel Scheinpflug. In 1935, she married the writer Karel Čapek.” (I look forward to learning more about her.) from the cover (my copy is worn and dirty) illustrated boards I just wound up with a bunch more illustrated books by Czech artists — Hoffmeister, Pacovska, Serych, Fuka, Stepan, Bednarova, etc. I promise to share some scans before they get absorbed into the hoard. Until then, revisit the archives for more Czech books. This post first appeared on April 2, 2014 on 50 Watts

Quintessential Space Pulp Art by Ron Turner and other British artists

We all love and appreciate American science fiction art from the 1930s-1950s, the joy and the optimism, the indelible sense of wonder these pulp covers and paperbacks conveyed… but the similarly cheerful and perhaps even more spectacular British science fiction art from the same era is often overlooked and hugely underestimated – so today we are going to bring to light some of the more colorful (some will say, “lurid”) examples of British pulp and paperback cover art.

(images are courtesy Galactic Central and Gems from the Collection)

Ron Turner’s spectacular space art and impressively-detailed science fiction illustrations appeared on the covers for Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine, and multiple “space opera” paperbacks published throughout the 1950s by Scion Publications.

Aliens were just as flamboyant, exotic and exciting to look at as inside American classic science fiction pulps:

And this lovely couple is going to make their best out of their honeymoon in space, we’re sure! –

Most of the images shown here are courtesy Galactic Central and Gems from the Collection. See more wonderful examples of British science fiction art inside this set.

illustrations from Gente Menuda

An overview of the illustrators of the 1930s Spanish children’s magazine Gente Menuda From the collection of Museo ABC in Madrid and with great thanks to curator Felipe Hernández Cava and my friend Alfonso Melendez Carlos Masberger, 1931 These images come from an exhibit curated by Felipe Hernández Cava for Museo ABC on Gente Menuda, which first appeared in 1904 as a children’s supplement of Blanco y Negro. Its heyday occurred from the early 1930s up until the Spanish Civil War and this post focuses on those years. I’m also working on separate posts to highlight the work of Carlos Masberger, Felix Alonso, and Piti Bartolozzi. Curator Felipe Hernández Cava is also one of Spain’s best comic strip writers, starting out in the El Cubri collective. Much gratitude to the ABC Museum staff for sending the catalog of the exhibit. Alfonso Melendez, who introduced me to this world of illustration, shows a lot of his own work and the work of his brother, illustrator Francisco Melendez, on his Facebook page. Carlos Masberger, 1933 Carlos Masberger, 1935 Enrique Climent, 1931 Enrique Climent, 1931 Enrique Climent, 1931 Antonio Barbero, 1931 Felix Alonso, 1931 Felix Alonso, 1931 Felix Alonso, 1930 Piti Bartolozzi, 1932 Piti Bartolozzi, 1932 Piti Bartolozzi, 1933 Salvador Bartolozzi, 1930 Salvador Bartolozzi, 1930 Francisco López Rubio, 1935 López Rubio was a major force behind the publication, illustrating most of its covers, which can be seen in an earlier post. Echea, 1933 Echea, 1931 Areuger, 1934 Carlos Tauler, 1930 Hortelano, 1933 Hipolito Hidalgo de Caviedes, 1930 Viera Sparza, 1935 Viera Sparza, 1935 Pedro Antequera Azpiri, 1928 ATC, 1931 ATC, 1932 Gente Menuda cover Some of the artists of Gente Menuda: Felix Alonso (sometimes F.A.G.) Areuger (Gerardo Fernandez de la Reguera Aguilera) A.T.C. (Angeles Torner Cervera) Pedro Antequera Azpiri Antonio Barbero Piti Bartolozzi (Francisca) Salvador Bartolozzi Bellon (Antonio Bellon Uriarte) Enrique Castillo Enrique Climent Echea (Enrique Martinez de Tejada y Echevarria) Hipolito Hidalgo de Caviedes Hortelano (Enrique Hortelano Martinez) Francisco Lopez Rubio (1895–1965) Carlos Masberger (1902-1969) Francisco Ramirez Montesinos Antonio Orbegozo Serny (Ricardo Summers Isern) Viera Sparza Carlos Tauler (sometimes Polito) This post first appeared on March 25, 2014 on 50 Watts