April 9, 2009

The Posters of Frankenstein : French Son of Frankenstein


Another sensational foreign release poster for Son of Frankenstein (1939), this one by Guy Berjab for the French version, advertised as one of Universal’s “Gold Series” of films. A seal at the bottom reads, “See this Universal Super Production!”

The stylish and dynamic illustration, taken from the film’s action-packed climax, has The Monster literally straddling the poster. It’s a nice change from the usual static cameos of characters gazing anxiously into the distance. Artist Berjab uses an unusual palette, with a green glow at the top suggesting the smoking sulfur pit, and a cool blue base and purple logo at the bottom. Likenesses are excellent, with Atwill’s Krogh recognizable in profile and the terrified child emoting more than Donnie Dunagan did in the film.

Guy Berjab was an accomplished artist who, from the late Thirties onward, painted several movie posters and illustrated children’s books.


11 comments:

wiec? said...

that is one really cool poster! dynamic indeed. think o found this week's screen saver for my drab work computer. thanks for sharing it.

Pierre Fournier said...

Great idea! Makes a wonderful screen saver.

Anonymous said...

Never seen this wonderful poster before, thanks for sharing.

Krogh

Arbogast said...

Awesome!

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Doug said...

Great poster! Thanks for putting it up!

Pierre Fournier said...

Glad you like it, Doug. You have some terrific Dick Briefer Frankensteins up on your blog, everyone should have a look: http://greatestape.blogspot.com/

Christopher said...

as a very young monster lover,I was delighted to find on a trip to Paris about 1966,that a couple of movie theatres we passed on our walking tours,were showing classic horror films and were decked out to the nines with all the old Posters like these and Lobbies and banners!...better than the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame when you're a kid..

Pierre Fournier said...

My first trip to Paris, 1971, there was a movie house showing THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (1932). Took 25 years before I saw it again, on this side of the Atlantic, on a heavily cut VHS.

Paris still is one of the great movie house cities in the world.

Christopher said...

Its funny,but in past the french have always done a better job of perserving american entertainment culture than americans have..whether film or music..I used to collect jazz music from the 20s and 30s in high scool in the 1970s...All the best recordings of even the most obscure artists,were on french import LPs...

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