Category Archives: Poster Illustration

Jacques Tati

There’s never been a better time to have a laugh at the grip technology seems to have over us  clumsy, fallible humans, and Jacques Tati‘s classic film ‘Playtime‘ gently reminds us that our confusion in the face of it is nothing new…


Poster by René Ferracci…

“Play Time is French director Jacques Tati‘s fourth major film, and generally considered to be his most daring film. It was shot in 1964 through 1967 and released in 1967.

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Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in the age of technology reached their creative apex with Playtime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the endearingly clumsy, resolutely old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a bafflingly modernist Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, Playtime is a lasting testament to a modern age tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.

Shot in 70 mmPlay Time is notable for its enormous set, which Tati had built specially for the film, as well as Tati’s trademark use of subtle, yet complex visual comedy supported by creative sound effects; dialogue is frequently reduced to the level of background noise.”…


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…read exerpts of interviews with Tati at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and writer Peter Lennon’s recollections of working on Playtime in a Guardian article here. And here’s M. Hulot facing  yet more daunting technology in a scene from his 1958 film ‘Mon Oncle‘…


Watch it in its entirety here, if you have an hour and a half to be gently entertained… This
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Batiste Madalena

batiste madalena, the boastful braggart

Batiste Madalena (1902-1988), an Italian-born American artist , made about 1500 movie posters for George Eastman’s new silent movie theatre ‘Eastman Theatre’ in Rochester New York,  (the third largest in the country at the time) between 1924-1928. Working from advance press material and photographs without even having seen the films,  Batiste worked at a frantic pace (up to eight huge, hand-painted tempera posters a week) to keep up with the demand for art which would be displayed in their front windows. When the theatre was sold in 1928, all of Madalena’s posters were discarded. As he was cycling past the theatre one day, Batiste saw them in a sodden heap in the trash, so he salvaged about 250 of the remaining posters, storing them in his attic for decades to come. He continued with his commercial art career, opening a studio in Rochester, where he worked for another 40 years. In 1973, Madalena’s daughter put a few of his movie posters into a local art exhibition, and filmmaker Steve Katten was so captivated by the superb quality of the art, he bought the entire collection. Katten was able to get his work shown around the U.S. and twenty years after the artists’s death, Batiste received the recognition he deserved, culminating in an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 2008

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…read more about this neglected artist at ArtDecoPosters and MOMA This
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Fall Of The Leaf

 Walter E. Spradbery, 1924, 1933 and 1936…

wlater e. spradbury, 1924

walter e. spradbury, 1933

walter E. Spradbury, 1936

Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1938…see the Cooper Hewitt Collection

edward mcknight kauffer, wooded landscape scene, 1938

Ernest Michael Dinkel, 1931…

ernest michael dinkel, 1931

A.A.Moore, 1934…

a a moore, 1934

Frank Newbould, 1922…

autumn tints, frank newbould, 1922Leslie R. Porter, 1925…

leslie r. porter 1925

Nari Madon, 1964…

nari madon, 1964Austin Cooper, 1930…

austin cooper, 1930

 Charles Shepherd, 1926…

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Icograda Poster Exhibition

icograda archive poster

 By Trickett & Webb for Wiggins and Teape, 1982…

“45 posters selected from the Icograda (International Council of Communication Design) Archive by 15 contemporary designers including Noma BarWill Hudson (It’s Nice That) and Fraser Muggeridge go on display to the public at the London College of Communication from 31 August – 13 September 2013. 50 years since its formation in London, in 1963, Icograda returns to the place of its birth to celebrate half a century serving the worldwide communication design community as its professional body. Visitors can admire 50 years of poster design from across the world picked by today’s leading design practitioners, explore the rationale behind each designer’s choices and consider how the process of choosing from 2000 posters in one of the worlds richest graphical resources shaped their views about the power of the poster today.”…

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