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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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|ORFEU NEGRO (aka BLACK ORPHEUS) (1959) - Before Milius put "Heart of Darkness" in Vietnam, Marcel Camus updated Orpheus and
Eurydice into the slums of Rio. Set to the sensual bossa nova rhythms provided by A.C. Jobim, the film went on to win at Cannes.
Iconic artwork captures the thrills of Carnival. Original French '59 release, on linen.
|SHAME IN THE CITY (c. 1960s?) - Smut pioneer William Mishkin has probably retitled this from who knows what.
Nevertheless, outstanding graphics speak for themselves.
You small town folk out there take heed. I mean unless strip joints, semi-naked art models, and dope addicts sound like fun, stay away from the big city. It's better to eat porridge and live a long life.
|SWINGING HIGH (c. 1960s?) - I must say, this hippie sex cult sounds intriguing, I would like to learn more. Perhaps I should go inside
and see this movie?
Ultra-low budget sexploitation throws in everything but the kitchen sink. At least the young lady seems to be enjoying it.
|MARIHUANA (aka MARIHUANA STORY)/ENGENDROS DEL VICIO (c. 1960s?) - Rare and unusual spanish sleaze double feature for Klimovsky's fine
loco para reefer movie, plus a mas mal mujeres movie.
Very naughty graphics must have surely brought in the pesos.
|FILLES ET OPIUM (aka KUROSEN CHITAI) (c. 1960) - Those girls and their opium, what are you going to do?
A nasty little piece of Nippon noir about drugs and prostitution, it's interesting that this particular film got a release in Europe. Thank goodness it did though, this original release Belgian (14 1/4x21 1/2") is terrific.
|PSYCHO (1960) - Original release Italian photobusta.
What could be better? Something's bothering Alfred Hitchcock as he contemplates a truly cracked Norman Bates (aka Anthony Perkins). Same art as the original 4 panel, but at a size you could actually put on your wall. The perfect "Psycho" piece.
|PUSHER, THE (1960) - Two original release lobby cards, (both as pictured in
Boyreau's "Trash" film poster book).
Needless to say, this is one of the most controversial lobby cards of the era. Clearly, some people will do anything to get their drugs...And I mean anything. I'm sure what it looks like is happening is not what's happening - but it sure looks like it! Guaranteed to get teenaged boys into theaters.
|SPARTACUS (R. 1974) - Original German release for a 1970s re-release.
Of all the Stanley Kubrick film posters, "Spartacus" suffers from having almost universally shite artwork, no country is excepted. The coins style does nothing for me, and the artwork generally used is all sub-par. This German re-release is the only one that is any good, and it happens to be really good, and is the only poster I presently would consider owning for the film.
|TIREZ SUR LE PIANISTE (aka SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER) (1960) - Truffaut's nouvelle vague masterpiece. The Cahiers crowd was obsessed with
US film noir, and both Truffaut and Godard successfully mined the iconography in many of their most important films.
Original release Belgian poster with terrific art featuring a recognizable Charles Aznavour and the piano.
|YEUX SANS VISAGE, LES (aka EYES WITHOUT A FACE) (1960) - Georges Franju's creepy classic of atmosphere and horror. Edith Scob gives the
performance of a lifetime as the (mad) scientist's daughter who has her face horribly disfigured by pops in a car crash. Seminal European horror at
Highly collectible, original release French petite.
|CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF, THE (aka NUIT DU LOUP GAROU, LA) (c. 1961) - While "Curse of the Werewolf" has fantastic posters almost across
the board, this is certainly the alpha poster in the pack. Garish fluorescent colors are used to daring perfection, pre-dating the '60s day-glo period
by several years.
Original release French petite.
|ANNEE DERNIERE A MARIENBAD, L' (aka LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD) (1961) - Original release French moyenne.
One of the cornerstones of the nouvelle vague, Alan Resnais sets the high mark for existential European cinema that was so envied by US filmmakers, but seemingly completely out of their ability to mimic. Uses the same classic artwork as the grande.
|JULES ET JIM (aka JULES AND JIM) (1961) - The film that cemented Truffaut's reputation as a director. Telling the story of
the quintessential love triangle, the range of emotions Truffaut was able to put on film are just incredible. The lovely Jeanne Moreau stars
as the object of all the romantic interest, and it doesn't take a great leap of suspension of disbelief to see why that would be.
Iconic image for the original French release.
|WORLD BY NIGHT, THE (aka IL MONDO DI NOTTE) (1961) - Italian director Luigi Vanzi suckered investors into paying for his trip
around the world to film strippers, female impersonators,
dog acts, and other bits of low-brow burlesque, (is there any other kind?). Paving the way for other mondo films, "World By Night" is to be thanked for opening the
door, however ineptly, to an entire genre of sleaze that we are most grateful for.
Original Japanese release blows the doors off of most paper from any other country, certainly the astoundingly weak US material.
|CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962) - The best poster for the super-creepy low budget masterpiece of atmosphere, bar none. US material for "Carnival..." is
hampered by craptastic black and white art that does an incredible disservice to this horror landmark. You know it's bad when folks covet the
pressbook for it's colored images.
This original Japanese release makes up for a lot of crappy posters, all of the key scenes are represented, and are not too chaotic as they are in some Japanese posters. Couldn't ask for anything better, well, maybe less Kanji, but that's it.
|LOLITA (1962) - Linen backed, original release US one sheet.
I definitely prefer the "Lolita" US paper that doesn't have the age disclaimer. Put on as a toadying attempt to get the religious nuts off their backs, to me it represents art bowing to religion, and that just shouldn't happen. Kubrick's film is a brilliant re-telling of Nabokov's tale of pervy Humbert Humbert and his obsession with the nymphet daughter of man-crazy Shelly Winters. Hysterically funny in places, the film is a training manual to new filmmakers for how books should be adapted.
This image of Sue Lyons has been etched into cinema history.
|SANJURO (R. 1968) - With the success of "Yojimbo," Toshiro Mifune returns as the wily ronin, this time helping a group of
young samurai root out corruption within their clan. One of the most astonishing endings of any Kurosawa movie.
Original 1968 Japanese re-release poster.
|TATESHI DANPEI (aka FENCING MASTER) (1962) - Original Japanese double sided press sheet.
Written by Akira Kurosawa and directed by Harumi Mizuho. Kurosawa's story revolves around efforts to keep the samurai art of fencing alive in an ever more modern Japan, where there is little need or use for mastery of the sword.
It goes without saying that material for Kurosawa written films is next to impossible to find, and this is a fine example.
|BEAUTY AND THE BODY (aka CALIFORNIEN STORY) (c. 1963) - OK, it doesn't get much better than this. One of the great surfing posters of
the early 1960s, it features a ho-dad on his long board being tubed by an awesome wave, all the while being watched by two naked California beach
bunnies. If this poster can't chase
away the winter blues, nothing can.
Apparently Austrian, although it could certainly have been used in Germany as well.
|BUSINESSMEN (aka DELOVYE IYUDI) - (c. 1963) Original english language release, 32 ¾ x 46 ½" USSR Sovexportfilm.
Fabulous colors with a striking image of running-dog pigs ready to exploit the workers. Actually that's not even close. The film is a comedic re-telling of three of capitalist stooge O. Henry's short stories. In fact, the "Ransom of Red Chief" segment even made it onto the beloved '60s program, "The CBS Children's Film Festival" hosted by the most honest film presenters ever, Kukla, Fran, and Ollie.
Classic inept propaganda. Dated in the image. Rolled, edge tears, invisible water stain.
|ALLEZ FRANCE! (aka FRANCJA NAPRZOD!) (c. 1964) - Polish original for French film with Diana Dors (US title:
"The Counterfeit Constable").
Positively wonderful image by Flisak of a nutty bird in a constable's uniform epitomizes the supremacy of Polish poster design. Would be ideal in a retro, mid-century home. Rolled.
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