June 12, 2013

The Posters of Frankenstein : Luigi Martinati

Escaping the lab, broken chain trailing from its hairy claw, The Monster’s shadow falls on a victim in this fanciful image for the Italian release of Hammer’s The Curse of Frankenstein (1957).

Artist Luigi Martinati’s career began with billboard art and advertising campaigns, notably for Fiat. He started painting movie posters in the early Thirties, eventually devoting himself exclusively to film from the mid-Forties and straight on through the Sixties, sharing the workload — and a similar style of art — with fellow painters Anselmo Ballester and Alfredo Capitani, operating as Studio BCM. Martinati’s signature, when it appears, is usually found at the top of the poster.

Shown here are Martinati posters for Them (1954), Wuthering Heights (1939) and Hammer’s The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960).

Martinati created another striking poster for Hammer’s Frankenstein film (previously posted here), showing The Monster’s shackled claw grasping at a window.

Luigi Martinati passed away in 1983, at age 90.

Two generous galleries of Martinati posters: Il Manifesto Storico and MoviePosterDB.

1 comment:

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