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Blade Runner / Giclee / Carlos Bêla & Kako / UK

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Blade Runner
AKA
Blade Runner - Metropolis 2020 (Finland)
Year of Film
1982
Director
Ridley Scott
Starring
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah
Origin of Film
USA | Hong Kong
Genre(s) of Film
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah,
Type of Poster
Giclee
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
2008
Designer
Carlos Bêla
Artist
Kako
Size (inches)
23 1/4" x 33"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
Man Has Made His Match... Now It's His Problem

This poster was created by Carlos Bêla and Kako for the Now Showing exhibition at the Cosh Gallery in Soho, London in 2008. It’s a giclée print on Da Vinci archival art paper and only 25 were printed. It comes with a certificate of authenticity confirming that it will not be reprinted. I happened to be passing by just before the exhibition opened and was able to reserve one.

Photos from the exhibition can be found on Flickr here

Vampires in Havana / screen print / Cuba

22.10.12

Poster Poster
Title
Vampires in Havana
AKA
¡Vampiros en La Habana! (Cuba - original title)
Year of Film
1985
Director
Juan Padrón
Starring
Manuel Marín, Margarita Aguero, Frank González, Irela Bravo, Carlos González, Mirella Guillot, Carmen Solar, Juan Padrón
Origin of Film
Cuba | Spain | West Germany
Genre(s) of Film
Manuel Marín, Margarita Aguero, Frank González, Irela Bravo, Carlos González, Mirella Guillot, Carmen Solar, Juan Padrón,
Type of Poster
Screen print
Style of Poster
Restrike
Origin of Poster
Cuba
Year of Poster
1985
Designer
Eduardo Munoz Bachs
Artist
Eduardo Munoz Bachs
Size (inches)
20 2/16" x 30 3/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

In August 2011 I was lucky enough to visit the island of Cuba for a ten day trip which was a fantastic experience. It really does feel like a country stuck in a time warp, circa 1965, particularly once you leave the capital and head into the countryside. It’s a stunningly beautiful island with very hospitable people but the relative poverty of the country is clear to see. It’s often said that the government is likely to relax the current freeze on foreign (particularly Western) investment once ‘Comandante’ Fidel Castro passes away, although with his brother Raul currently in charge very little has changed. This article on the BBC gives you an insight into the current situation.

The Cuban people’s love for film and cinema-going is legendary and our guidebook claimed that at the end of the 1950s there were over 300 cinemas in the capital Havana alone. Today, these great old buildings continue to thrive and whilst there I witnessed the queues of people lining up to see the latest releases. I took this picture of the Yara cinema in the Vedado area of Havana before the evening crowds descended.

Whilst in Havana I visited a bookshop that was selling original Cuban propaganda posters printed in the 1950s and 60s by OSPAAAL. They also had a handful of screen-printed film posters, all of which were reprints of the original Cuban cinema posters or re-imagined designs by local artists. They are officially screen printed by the ICAIC (Instituto Cubano de Artes Industrias Cinematografia) in Havana.

This is a screen print of the original poster for the 1985 animated film Vampires in Havana, which was directed by Cuban Juan Padrón. The story follows Joseph Amadeus von Dracula, known as Pepito, a trumpet player living in 1930s Havana who spends his time plotting to overthrow the incumbent dictatorship of Gerardo Machado. He’s completely unaware that he’s actually a vampire and that his uncle, a descendant of the original Count Dracula, has been using him as a test subject a secret formula which allows vampires to move about freely in sunlight. After learning about the potion, two sets of Vampires, including a group of Chicago mobster bloodsuckers, chase after Pepito with plans to use it for their own selfish means, but all is not as it seems with the potion.

The artwork is by the late designer and children’s book illustrator Eduardo Munoz Bachs who was born in Span in 1937 and moved to Cuba with his parents in 1941. Despite having no formal training in graphic design he designed his first poster for the ICAIC (Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematografica), which was founded after the Cuban revolution to produce and promote Cuban films. He went on to design over 2000 film posters and is considered one of the most important Cuban graphic designers ever to have worked. He sadly passed away in 2001.

This Pinterest gallery features many of his posters. Whilst I was at the shop I also picked up a poster for A Clockwork Orange and one for The Godfather.

Fists of Steel / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Fists of Steel
AKA
--
Year of Film
1991
Director
Jerry Schafer
Starring
Carlos Palomino, Marianne Marks, Henry Silva, Alexis Arguello, Robert Tessier, Rockne Tarkington, Tim Rossovich, Sam Melville
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Carlos Palomino, Marianne Marks, Henry Silva, Alexis Arguello, Robert Tessier, Rockne Tarkington, Tim Rossovich, Sam Melville,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1991
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Unknown
Size (inches)
26 15/16" x 41 1/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
They terrorized his country, they murdered his father, now they must answer to him!

Cronos / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster

Crank / one sheet / Germany

21.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Crank
AKA
Adrenaline (Japan - English title)
Year of Film
2006
Director
Neveldine, Taylor
Starring
Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Keone Young, Carlos Sanz
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Keone Young, Carlos Sanz,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Heart
Origin of Poster
Germany
Year of Poster
2006
Designer
New Wave Creative
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
Was uns nicht umbringt, macht uns stark. (What does not kill us, makes us stronger.)

Crank / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Crank
AKA
Adrenaline (Japan - English title)
Year of Film
2006
Director
Neveldine, Taylor
Starring
Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Keone Young, Carlos Sanz
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Keone Young, Carlos Sanz,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Veins
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2006
Designer
New Wave Creative
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
Poison in his veins. Vengeance in his heart.

28 Weeks Later / one sheet / advance / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
28 Weeks Later
AKA
The Slaughter (Germany - DVD title)
Year of Film
2007
Director
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring
Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Imogen Poots, Mackintosh Muggleton, Harold Perrineau, Robert Carlyle
Origin of Film
UK | Spain
Genre(s) of Film
Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Imogen Poots, Mackintosh Muggleton, Harold Perrineau, Robert Carlyle,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Advance
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2007
Designer
Intralink Film Graphic Design
Artist
Unknown
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
--

Timebomb / Thailand

18.05.16

Poster Poster

An action-packed and colourful montage by the artist Tongdee features on this Thai poster for the release of the 1991 sci-fi thriller Timebomb. Produced by Raffaella De Laurentiis, the daughter of the legendary Italian producer Dino, the film was helmed by Avi Nesher, an Israeli producer, screenwriter and director. American actor Michael Biehn was chosen for the lead role after the director saw his performance in James Cameron’s The Abyss (1989) and British actress Patsy Kensit (who’s now mostly retired from acting) also appears. The plot is described thusly on Wikipedia:

Mild-mannered watchmaker Eddy Kay (Biehn) runs into a burning building to save a trapped woman and is featured in the news as a result. Watching the news, Colonel Taylor (Richard Jordan) is shocked to see Eddy, whom he had assumed to be dead. A game of cat and mouse begins as Eddy, with the help of psychiatrist Dr. Anna Nolmar (Patsy Kensit), tries to discover his past and why they want him dead.Eddy and Dr. Nolmar discover that he was part of a secret government program to create assassins. Using various sensory deprivation and brainwashing techniques, the assassins could be sent to infiltrate other organisations and facilities undetected and carry out programmed missions. Eddy manages to capture and interrogate one of the female assassins (Tracy Scoggins), finding out the Colonel’s current assassination plan. He then plots to confront Colonel Taylor and put an end to the assassination program once and for all.

The excellent artwork on this Thai poster is by Tongdee Panumas (he signs his posters with just his first name) who was an incredibly prolific Thai film poster artist during the 70s, 80s and 90s. I’ve been unable to find out much about him, other than that he was born in 1947, so if anyone has any more details please get in touch.