Book recommendation: Kinoplakatkunst aus Belgien – Die 50er- und 60er-Jahre

This book offers interesting  overview to film advertising in Belgium during the 1950s and the 1960s. The book covers many film genres including drama, adventure, comedy, western, war and crime. Each poster is accompanied with a little fact sheet containing basic information for the film.The posters on display are very well reproduced and their colors seem very accurate to my eye.

It is a fascinating, unseen, forgotten piece of Belgian/European film advertising. At least for a Finnish reader like myself.

Don’t let the book’s German title fool you. Only the introduction is written in German and the basic information regarding each poster as well. Downside is that all the film titles are in German and you can find the English title only if it’s printed in the poster/artwork. So it makes harder to track any particular film.

Other downside is that the book doesn’t tell the proper names of the artists involved. In fact, there’s only two artists mentioned: WIK and Ray. I did some research online and found that Ray is the pen name of Ray Gilles. Gilles was a Belgian commercial illustrator who was active in the 1960s. Here’s link for more information on Gilles: http://www.ilovebelgium.be/ray-gilles-forgotten-illustrator I could not find any information about the pen name WIK. If you know something about illustrator ”WIK” please write to the comment box below. Thanks!

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Book recommendation: The Art of Hammer

This book displays plenty of Hammer’s film posters around the world. It is written by Marcus Hearn, co-writer of The Hammer Story in 1997.  This is mainly a picture book and it contains short written introduction about Hammer and it’s advertising activities. The posters are in chronological order and sorted by year they were released.

Featured posters are from various countries and represent naturally wildly different styles for same films. For example Polish posters are radically different from their British counterparts. Whereas British posters are traditional the Polish posters are surprisingly modern and features often distorted photographs instead of hand drawn illustrations.

The book has 191 pages and the last featured year is 1979 when Hammer’s fame was already starting to wane. This book is in no means the definite collection of Hammer film poster but offers great overlook to the company’s film advertising. I certainly think this collection is enough for many people interested in all things Hammer. A highly recommended!

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Book recommendation: The Peter Cushing Scrapbook

This is a very special and lovely book for all serious Peter Cushing fans. Wayne Kinsey has made the book in collaboration with Cushing’s private secretary Joyce Broughton with Tom Johnson. The book is filled with wealthy collection of behind-the-scenes photos from film sets, Cushing’s artwork, scripts, posters, advertisements, you name it. Each page has also an insightful information/commentary written by the author. The book begins from Cushing’s childhood and continues chronologically as the career advances highlighting his work in numerous films. There are many little known films in which Cushing appeared and the book is great for discovering Cushing’s many roles.

This book is exhaustive with over 1800 pictures and I mean it in totally positive way. This book was released in 2013 to celebrate Peter Cushing 100th birthday on 26 May, 2013.

The book has 328 pages in landscape format. It is limited printing of 2000 units. You can order the book directly from the author at Peveril Publishing.

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