Mario De Berardinis.

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Espionage, horror and Euro-sleaze film poster illustrations (and layouts) by Italian illustrator Mario De Berardinis (1931 – 1977).

The De Berardinis surname just seems to go along with artists for some reason, with the 1950’s – 1970’s era Italian poster, digest and paperback cover illustrator on one hand, but also Rosetta De Berardinis, a Washington D.C. abstract painter, and of course Olivia De Berardinis, the popular glamour and erotic art illustrator, though none are related in any way to my knowledge.

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Solo Chi Cade Puo Risorgere.

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There are few postwar era crime melodramas and films noir that I adore more than John Cromwell’s 1947 Dead Reckoning with Humphrey Bogart and Lizabeth Scott. Much as I like the various U.S. theatre posters and lobby cards for that film, these foreign posters for “Solo Chi Cade Puo Risorgere” are particular favorites, even if the one above doesn’t quite capture Lizabeth Scott at all.

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Paul Mann.

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Paul Mann did the handsome retro-flavored cover art for Brian DePalma and Susan Lehman’s Are Snakes Necessary? profiled in a prior post. The Salt Lake City, Utah artist is an old-school illustrator employing a master craftsman’s skills with figures in a distinctly 1960’s/70’s era movie poster montage style. His work graces a number of the Hard Case Crime series novels, reviving the look of so many Robert McGinnis and other’s covers from the latter days of the postwar paperback era.

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Anna (2019): The Posters.

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They say the 1950’s/60’s B-movie barons often came up with a movie’s poster before they even had a script. True or not, there probably are some drive-in classics and cult faves we remember more for their posters and lobby cards than the films themselves.

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“Mindless action movies with a glossy veneer of sexy artsy-ness” may be what some label Luc Bresson’s films. I won’t argue, but I also won’t say it’s an entirely bad thing. I will say that “sexy, artsy action films” better have good posters, and Bresson’s 2019 Anna starring Sasha Luss had some dandies, with a selection shown here.

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