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With the war over, the baby boom was on. Times were good, but the memories were bad. The wholesome artificiality of the Production Code that made everything so shiny and clean now seemed a mockery of the death, rot and corruption those mid-west farmboys and girls had just survived. The war had forever changed the American psyche, and the films mirrored that change.
Gradually, filmmakers started testing the boundaries of what was allowed, subverting cliches, and reaching back into territory that hadn't been visited in almost 20 years. The advent of television and the collapse of the studio system hastened the end of the Production Code as Hollywood was forced to tackle stories that would never be allowed on TV. Fully "mature" films were being made once again in Europe, but the US film industry was quickly catching up.
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|INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957) - Fantastic Belgian art for the original release nicely combines the iconic cat vs. little guy scene,
but also has something for the giant woman fetishists.
Mercifully, the tax stamp is helping to preserve the modesty of his lovely wife.
|KUMONOSU JO (aka THRONE OF BLOOD) (R. 1970) - Akira Kurosawa meets William Shakespeare in the Samurai retelling of Macbeth.
Toshiro Mifune gets lost on his horse, only to discover a ghostly fortune teller. The rest, as they say, is history.
Original Japanese 1970 re-release poster.
|MONKEY ON MY BACK (1957) - Terrific original release US one sheet for the junkie classic.
Cameron gets hooked on the hard stuff after coming back from the war. Sucks for him, great for us poster collectors.
|MONKEY ON MY BACK (1957) - An extremely unique, and definitely one of a kind item, this is trial artwork for the Belgian release of
"Monkey On My Back" by Delbart. Notice the partial text that was used to simulate the layouts the artist intended.
Ultimately, this was not the artwork used, still it's a terrific example of the process of making posters, and a pretty sweet needle image as a graphic on its own.
|MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (1957) - I expect Sigmund Freud would have a lot to say about this poster. I can't put my finger
on it, but it seems that there's a subtext going on here designed to entice hormonal youngsters to go see this film. Of course, it could just be
Regardless, I think this is the better layout for "Monster..." poster art.
|TAHITI, OU LA JOIE DE VIVRE (1957) - Little known French film, whose appeal should be obvious. In those dark winter days, this is
a good one to hang up for awhile to cure the blues. Works for me anyway.
Looks like Tom Hanks managed to time travel back into the '50s to get his mug on this poster. Or not.
Linen backed now, if I don't change photos.
|BLOB, THE (aka BLOB, TERREUR SANS NOM) (c. 1958) - I think this is, again, one of those times where the Belgian artwork is superior to
the US artwork. It could just be the proportions are better, and the colors are definitely superior, but it really works for me.
Everybody had to start somewhere, but it sure must have pained "Steven" McQueen to put this one on his resume.
|COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK (aka COLOSSE DE NEW YORK, LE) (1958) - When it comes to '50s sci fi, the Belgians really had the gift. Colorful, atmospheric, yet keeping the spirit of the original US art. This is no exception.||$75|
|I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (1958) - At one point or another, I think we can all say we've been there too.
When Gloria Talbot's new hubby doesn't...perform...like the man she married, it's time to get to snooping. Unfortunately, hubby has had his body snatched by outers space monsters that turn out to be emotionless killing machines. What do you know? Turns out they're not that different from Tom Tryon after all!
|ISLE OF LEVANT (aka LOCKENDER SUDEN) (1958) - It's hard to imagine a time when "nudist" films were all the rage, but before the
interwebs put porn just a mouse click away, horny youngsters had to congregate at the movie theater whenever these would be offered up.
Although there are some very early examples of
the real thing made domestically as a nudist film, during the '50s and '60s the audience would most likely be seeing European films recut and
dubbed into English, which is the case with "Isle of Levant."
What is amazing is that this is an original British release quad, and is easily one of the earliest nudie quads ever done. It is certainly one of the most beautiful.
|MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS (1958) - Finally, a film telling the truth about de-evolution. A professor discovers a way to send creatures back
to their evolutionary beginnings, unfortunately, the poor things just don't fit in on the modern college campus. Naturally, they must be destroyed. Are
we not men?
Super nice original release Belgian graphics.
|NARCOTIC STORY, THE (1958) - Semi-documentary running the gamut from pills, to marihuana, and naturally to heroin, all plague
small town rubes who are forced into prostitution and other forms of degradation by evil "pushers." Basically the same story exploitation filmmakers
have been using since the '20s.
Fortunately, really terrific graphics on the lurid poster make up for many of the cinematic inadequacies. If only the producers of "Gigli" would have taken that lesson to heart.
|NAZARIN (1958) - Luis Bu˝uel's final Mexican masterpiece that won the Interational Award at Cannes, and provided the
springboard for the unprecedented series of films he would make in Europe in the last years of his career. Once again having a go at the
Catholic Church, Bu˝uel highlights the hypocrisy that surrounds an organization that lets it's elites live in splendor, while serving
the poorest of the poor. Needless to say, this film infuriated one or two folks, yet after it all, no less than Francisco Franco invited him
to fascist Spain to work on "Viridiana," a film that was later banned in fascist Spain.
I actually like the fold burns on this, gives it a Jesus-in-a-Waffle, religious relic sort of feel. I think Bu˝uel would approve.
|PATHS OF GLORY (1958) - Stanley Kubrick teams up with Kirk Douglas to make one of the most important war films of the era.
Very rarely were non-gung-ho war stories ever told by Hollywood, particularly after the "good war" of World War 2, when there was some
"clarity" to the violence. Perhaps it's because Kubrick
chose to work with World War I, which was a little less known (see, there is a reason to have more than one world war!), that he was able to
get away with making an anti-war, war film.
Taking its cues from army recruiting posters, this linen backed one sheet is from the original release.
|SPIDER, THE (aka ARAIGNEE VAMPIRE, L') (1958) - We're getting to the end of the giant insect movies of the '50s, but there's
still some life left in the ol' genre yet.
Very nice original Belgian release, with the poor damsel fending off 8 paws at once. Just like Saturday night!
|THING THAT COULDN'T DIE (aka DECAPITE VIVANT) (1958) - Nice take by the Belgian artists that builds on
the original US art to create something greater
than the original.
|NOBI (aka FIRES ON THE PLAIN) (c.1960s) - Original German release.
Outstanding art is the highlight of this poster for the Kon Ichikawa classic film that shows the grim decline of the Japanese army in the Philippines jungles, as each man must choose his own fate when their cause is lost. Not for the faint of heart.
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