Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Bella Italia!

Of all the poster-producing countries in the world, Italy must be the most consistently great. Polish posters are artistic, US posters are lurid, and Belgian posters are nicely compact, but the Italians beat them all in variety and splendor. One day I will buy a mansion for all my Italian four-sheets - posters so big that no normal wall can hold them, and so unwieldy that only professionals can take reasonable photos!

In the meantime, here is a sampling of the more sensibly sized Italian manifesto or two-sheet, a mere 100 by 140 centimeters... In order: Jess Franco's delirious dreamscape Necronomicon; Jack Hill's blaxploitation ripper Coffy, starring Pam Grier; the obscure drug thriller L.S.D.; and an unusual interpretation of David Cronenberg's "body horror" debut Shivers.

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