Monday, August 1, 2022

PEPLUM Movie Poster

Original Italian poster of THE WARRIOR AND THE SLAVE GIRL (1958) 

Nice poster that captures the movie's essence.


Graham Sumner said...

Do you know who the artst was?

Who is your favorite Peplum poster artist?

PEPLUM TV said...

Hi Graham

I'm not familiar with the Italian artists who painted these amazing posters. I wish there was some sort of reference somewhere. I recognize the styles but I don't know their names.

I do know Reynold Brown, who painted tons of posters for PEPLUM movies and non-{E{LUM movies (many sci-fo classics like THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON). Brown painted SAMSON AND THE SLAVE QUEEN and GOLIATH AND THE SINS OF BABYLON, amongst others. I knew Brown even before embarking on the PEPLUM genre. His art defined the 1950s and the 1960s.

Do you have a favourite?

Graham Sumner said...

Angelo Cessalon is the only Italian artist I am certain of.

Most of the posters do appear to be signed but it is not always possible to make out the signatures. Another artist whose posters I like has the first name Rodolfo and his second name begins with a G. Presumably someone will know.

The American artist Frank McCarthy painted the famous 1963 Cleopatra poster and had to later add Rex Harrison's image after the actor protested.

Graham Sumner said...

Apologies it was Howard Terpning who painted the Cleopatra poster.

McCarthy did do several famous posters including some of the early James Bond ones. Both Terpning and McCarthy are celebrated western artists too

Another Italian movie poster artist was Renato Fratini who worked in England and painted a lot of the Carry On movie posters.

I like Reynold Brown's work. His poster for The Alamo John Wayne's movie is one of my favourites. However his posters for Ben-Hur and King of Kings very similar are two I like least.

Arnold Friberg also painted some concept art for The Ten Commandments for De Mille.

PEPLUM TV said...

I'm familiar with McCarthy but not Terpning.

Reynold's BEN-HUR poster, as simple as it was, did become one of the most influential/copied design ever, with the title in 3D stone. After that tons of movies used the same look which might explain how boring it now has become but initially it was impressive.