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Memento / B2 / red title style / Japan

09.07.14

Poster Poster

The film that launched Christopher Nolan into the international cinematic limelight, the ingenious mystery thriller Memento was written and directed by the man who would go on to helm the phenomenally successful Dark Knight Trilogy. Based on a short story by Jonathan Nolan the story focuses on a man called Leonard, played by Guy Pearce (an important role for the actor), who has no short term memory and is obsessively trying to solve the murder of his wife. Using scribbled notes, polaroids and tattoos, Leonard attempts to make sense of discoveries he makes and the interactions he has with people along the way, which includes Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) and Carrie-Anne Moss, two characters who shift and change throughout the film as Leonard, and the audience, try to understand who’s ultimately responsible.

What makes the film so memorable is the way that the story is told with two timelines being shown one after another, one in black and white and chronologically ordered, and the other in colour and in reverse chronological order. The film opens with Leonard shooting and killing Teddy, but as the film progresses we see Teddy alive and the reason for the shooting eventually becomes clear, with a devastating reveal at the end of the film. This diagram gives you an idea of the way the story is told and the film continues to be discussed almost 15 years since its release (see here and here, for example). Critics and audiences responded positively to a film that felt genuinely fresh and different, particularly compared against a glut of sequels and identikit plots that were flooding the cinema at the end of the 1990s.

This is the Japanese B2 (red style) from the original release there back in 2001 and the design is unique to this poster. The American one sheet is markedly different and includes Carrie-Anne Moss.

 

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!

Bagdad Cafe / B2 / Japan

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Bagdad Cafe
AKA
Out Of Rosenheim (USA)
Year of Film
1987
Director
Percy Adlon
Starring
Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance
Origin of Film
West Germany | USA
Genre(s) of Film
Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance,
Type of Poster
B2
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
Japan
Year of Poster
1989
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Unknown
Size (inches)
20 6/16" x 28 13/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

A Fistful Of Dollars / screen print / Jesse Philips / variant / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
A Fistful Of Dollars
AKA
Per un pugno di dollari (Italy) | Il magnifico straniero (Italy working title)
Year of Film
1964
Director
Sergio Leone
Starring
Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volontè, José Calvo, Joseph Egger, Antonio Prieto, Mario Brega, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, Benny Reeves
Origin of Film
Italy | Spain | West Germany
Genre(s) of Film
Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volontè, José Calvo, Joseph Egger, Antonio Prieto, Mario Brega, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, Benny Reeves,
Type of Poster
Screen print
Style of Poster
Variant
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2008
Designer
Jesse Philips
Artist
Jesse Philips
Size (inches)
24" x 36"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

A Fistful Of Dollars / screen print / Heads of State / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
A Fistful Of Dollars
AKA
Per un pugno di dollari (Italy) | Il magnifico straniero (Italy working title)
Year of Film
1964
Director
Sergio Leone
Starring
Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volontè, José Calvo, Joseph Egger, Antonio Prieto, Mario Brega, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, Benny Reeves
Origin of Film
Italy | Spain | West Germany
Genre(s) of Film
Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volontè, José Calvo, Joseph Egger, Antonio Prieto, Mario Brega, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, Benny Reeves,
Type of Poster
Screen print
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2008
Designer
Heads of State
Artist
Heads of State
Size (inches)
24" x 35 14/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

A Fistful Of Dollars / screen print / Jesse Philips / regular / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
A Fistful Of Dollars
AKA
Per un pugno di dollari (Italy) | Il magnifico straniero (Italy working title)
Year of Film
1964
Director
Sergio Leone
Starring
Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volontè, José Calvo, Joseph Egger, Antonio Prieto, Mario Brega, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, Benny Reeves
Origin of Film
Italy | Spain | West Germany
Genre(s) of Film
Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volontè, José Calvo, Joseph Egger, Antonio Prieto, Mario Brega, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, Benny Reeves,
Type of Poster
Screen print
Style of Poster
Regular
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2008
Designer
Jesse Philips
Artist
Jesse Philips
Size (inches)
24" x 36"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor / A1 / Germany

27.03.15

Poster Poster

This is the German poster for the release of the second of two ill-advised TV movies featuring the Ewoks, the furry, love ’em or hate ’em characters from Return of the Jedi. The Battle for Endor is set some time after the first TV movie The Ewok Adventure (AKA The Caravan of Courage) and occurs between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The plot is summarised thus:

The army of the Marauders, led by by King Terak and the witch Charal attack the Ewoks village. The parents and the brother of Cindel all die in this attack. Cindel and the Ewok Wicket escape and in a forrest they meet Teek a naughty and very fast animal. Teek takes them to a house in which a old man, Noa, lives. Like Cindel he also crashed with his Starcruiser on Endor. Together they fight Terak and Charal.

The film was first shown on TV in the US in 1985 and was given a theatrical run in UK cinemas but quickly disappeared from screens when audiences discovered the poor quality of the film. Despite not being embraced by most fans, the Ewok films nevertheless had elements that continued into the expanded Star Wars universe, including an animated series called Star Wars: Ewoks broadcast between 1985 and 1987 and the Star Tours rides at Disney theme parks.

The poster was designed and painted by one of my favourite artists, Renato Casaro, an Italian with a prolific movie poster output that lasted over 35 years. He began his career in 1953, aged 19, at the famous Studio Favalli in Rome and would go on to design and paint posters for many of the biggest directors in the world. His skill at accurately portraying actors and his brilliant use of colour and composition saw him much in demand from studios and actors alike. His artwork has featured on posters used in multiple countries, including Japan, Germany, USA as well as in his native Italy.

Check out the incredible amount of work on his official website here, which also features a biography of the artist. In March 2014 I published an exclusive interview with Renato and it can be read by clicking here. In it he mentions working on this poster and he showed me the original art for the version of the poster where it’s just Connery alone (the advance poster).

The other posters I’ve collected by Renato Casaro are here.