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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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|MOLE PEOPLE, THE (1956) - A home run from the Belgian poster artists as they once again produce a poster that rivals the best of the
Original Belgian release for the '50s sci fi classic. Excellent condition.
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|MUERTE EN ESTE JARDIN, LA (aka DEATH IN THE GARDEN) (1956) - Having once again risen to the top of the cinematic world through
his Mexican period films like "Los Olvidados" and "El Rio y la Muerte," Luis Bunuel makes his way to France as the Mexican film industry
crumbles around him. As could only happen to Bunuel, he ends up making a French and Mexican co-production as soon as he gets there.
This is the original release Mexican poster. On linen.
|DEADLY MANTIS, THE (aka PANIQUE AUX USA) (1957) - Granted, it's pretty hard to make a bad poster for a giant praying mantis movie, (although the US 22x28" is the exception that proves the rule), but this is a pretty terrific image for the original Belgian release. Excellent condition.||T.O.|
|DEATH IN SMALL DOSES (1957) - The "Citizen Kane" of pill movies, with an all star cast including Peter Graves, e**y harridan Mala Powers,
and teevee's "Rifleman," Chuck Connors.
Fantastic graphics, sure to impress the prescription medicine abusers into turning their lives around, while they still can. Rush, I'm looking at you...
|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.
|MYSTERIANS, THE (aka CHIKYU BOEIGUN, aka PRISONNIERES DES MARTIENS) (1957) - While "Mysterians" is a very important film in the Gojira
comes to America saga, the US poster art, not to put too fine a point on it, blows. The cartoony style makes it look like some kiddie matinee.
Not so, the French art. While sticking with many of the same elements, it is much more dramatic and, dare I say, realistic.
In the grande size, this poster is fantastic, and very likely a runner-up for best art from any country. Really breathtaking.
|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.||T.O.|
|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!
|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.
|NARCOTICS 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.
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