Exploitation Poster Artby Tony Nourmand
Sex, drugs, delinquency, Black Power, rock 'n' roll: these are just a few
This collection presents the crème de la crème of schlocky movie posters--from Sexploitation to Blaxploitation, High School Hellcats to Fritz the Cat. The movies may be tacky, but the posters are masterpieces of innuendo--vivid, often comic reminders of the taboos of yesteryear.
Sex, drugs, delinquency, Black Power, rock 'n' roll: these are just a few of the themes that have inspired B-movie makers over the past 80 years. A few of the films have become cult classics, but not many of us would want to sit through two hours of Hot Rod Rumble. The posters created to promote these movies, on the other hand, are fantastic period pieces that evoke all the taboos of bygone eras. Before the Hayes Code of 1934, Hollywood had few inhibitions: the poster for Girl Without a Room, for example, left little doubt as to how the young woman would find accommodation. In the 50s, Beats and juvenile delinquents attracted teens to the drive-ins; in the 60s and 70s came Blaxploitation films like Shaft and the first of Russ Meyer's mammary-obsessed epics, Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill. The posters for these films--from Albert Vargas' venture into the genre for Ladies They Talk About to Alan Aldridge's photomontage for Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls--are masterpieces of visual innuendo, offering, in most cases, far more than the movies themselves actually delivered. Tony Nourmand is co-owner of the Reel Poster Gallery in London and a poster consultant for Christie's; Graham Marsh is a designer and art director. Together, they have also produced Horror Poster Art, Science Fiction Poster Art, and Film Posters of the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s,80s, and 90s.
- Aurum Press, Limited
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- 9.70(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.70(d)
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