Previous Movie Poster Highlights posts: 1925, 1978
It’s that time again! I’m not sure there’s any Top Ten By Year related post I look forward to more than Movie Poster Highlights. It gives me a chance to really cull through works of all kinds, to try my best to track down artists, and to share my findings.
First, I’m going to put the spotlight on a couple of artists who have works represented. ERIC ROHMAN turned up in my 1925 post with a few posters. I really love his use of frames within frames, and the juxtaposition of harsh lines with soft sketches.
From PosterGuide: “Eric Rohman was a Swedish illustrator and film actor. He began designing posters around 1915-16, while based in Copenhagen. Around 1920, he had his own studio with several employees. By the 1940s, he believed that he had produced approximately 7000 movie posters.”
The only female Dutch poster designer of the 1920’s, Rudeman’s work through the 20’s the 30’s is incredible. Her posters utilize reds, oranges, and yellows, and are full of sweeping shadows. Here is her poster for Morocco.
Sweden has by far the highest number of posters here. So here are a bunch. I did the best I could with tracking down artist info. It’s largely impossible. The only info I could find was ‘J. Olsens’ at the bottom of some, which I was hoping was an artist stamp, but seems to be a printing company.
Yellow is a very popular color, especially in some of these Swedish posters:
Here’s are a pair of profiles from Gosta Aberg:
It’s only fitting that the greatest movie ever has the greatest posters. Ladies and gents,Madam Satan!
Multiple posters from one film: Here’sThe Blue Angel.
Here are two posters by Roger Vacher for Le mystère de la chambre jaune (The Mystery of the Yellow Room).
These next two posters remind me of each other. Maybe it’s the colors or the stare of the faces. The poster on the left, for Captain of the Guard, is INSANE.
A pair of William Powell posters.
And here are the rest. Hope you enjoy!
If I had to pick a favorite from 1930 it would be Joseph Koutachy’s French poster forMadam Satan. It helps that the film has special significance for me, but this stands out regardless. It’s like an ad for Catwoman decades before the fact. There isn’t another poster from 1930 like it: