55 x 78" (140 x 200 cm.)

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ANNA KARENINA (1948)
ANNA KARENINA (1948) $2,000.00 SOLD

Vintage original 55 x 78" (140 x 200 cm.) quattro foglio / 4-fogli poster, Italy. Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, dir: Julien Duvivier; Minerva. Art by Ercole Brini. I cannot imagine that there exists anywhere a better piece of artwork representing the magnificent Vivien Leigh than this moody piece of post-impressionist artwork by Ercole Brini.

On linen, with slight fold touch up, NEAR FINE.

-brini -ercolebrini -vivienleigh -annakarenina

DESTINAZIONE BUDAPEST [ASSIGNMENT: PARIS] (1952)
DESTINAZIONE BUDAPEST [ASSIGNMENT: PARIS] (1952) $2,000.00 SOLD

Vintage original 55 x 78" (140 x 200 cm.) quattro folio / 4-fogli poster, Italy. Dana Andrews, Marta Toren, George Sanders, Audrey Totter, dir: Robert Parish; Columbia. Documentary-type film set during the Cold War about a scheming American reporter (Dana Andrews) stationed in Paris and set in the offices of foreign embassies.

The poster artist Anselmo Ballester has chosen to focus on the dark, cold war and thriller atmosphere of the story with his portraiture of Andrews, Marta Toren and a menacing police force at night. The Italian title refers to the storyline wherein both reporters (Andrews as Jimmy and Toren...

DOMANDA DI GRAZIA [OBSESSION] (1954)
DOMANDA DI GRAZIA [OBSESSION] (1954) $1,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 54 x 74" (139 x 188 cm.) quattro foglio poster, Italy. Michèle Morgan, Raf Vallone, Marthe Mercadier, Jean Gaven, dir: Jean Delannoy; CEIAP.

An absolutely stunning portrait of the great film actress Michèle Morgan by artist Anselmo Ballester. A film noir-style based on the short story Silent as a Grave by Cornell Woolrich, and perhaps the best filmed version of this story. This version was set in a Parisian circus and told the story of how a woman attempts to save her husband, who is sentenced to death. French star Morgan enjoyed a successful run in Hollywood films during...

FOREIGN AFFAIR, A [SCANDALO INTERNAZIONALE] (1948)
FOREIGN AFFAIR, A [SCANDALO INTERNAZIONALE] (1948) $2,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 55 x 78" (140 x 200 cm.) quattro foglio / 4-fogli poster, Italy. Marlene Dietrich, Jean Arthur, dir: Billy Wilder; Paramount. Art by Ercole Brini. Although most of this film was shot in Hollywood, various of its exteriors were shot in a still-devastated post-WWII Berlin. And though this is not one of Wilder's most important films, it clearly was a very important opportunity for Dietrich to make a film about the city with which she had started her career, and which, with the ascent of Nazism, she had chosen to leave.

The artwork of her by Ercole Brini is...

GUAGLIONE (1957)
GUAGLIONE (1957) $1,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 55 x 78" (140 x 200 cm.) quattro folio / 4-fogli poster, Italy. Terence Hill (Marion Girotti), Giulia Rubini, Dorian Gray, Titina De Filippo, Claudio Villa, dir: Giorgio Simonelli; Flora Film; Italy. A beautiful poster with brilliant portraiture work by Anselmo Ballester.

The story is a melodrama about a student who loses his head over a temptress and who then commits robbery to keep her in her finery. He loses her when she discovers he is poor. Actor Terence Hill (Italian-born Mario Girotti) was a child and teen actor in Italian films who went on to become an action...

LA NEMICA [THE ENEMY] (1952)
LA NEMICA [THE ENEMY] (1952) $2,250.00 SOLD

Vintage original 55 x 78" (140 x 200 cm.) quattro folio / 4-fogli poster, Italy. Elisa Cegani, Frank Latimore, Vira Silenti. Giacomo Verlier, dir: Giorgio Bianchi; Athena Cinematografica / Rank Film. Based on a popular 1920s stage play by Dario Nicodemi, this is the story of a duchess who, for seemingly no reason, despises one of her two sons whom everyone else adores. A dark secret reveals her reasons for animosity.

The artist Anselmo Ballester has created a great aura of suspense in his use of dark shades, the light coming through a slightly open door and the reaction in his...

SEXY GIRL / COME DANCE WITH ME [VOULEZ-VOUS DANSER AVEC MOI?] (1
SEXY GIRL / COME DANCE WITH ME [VOULEZ-VOUS DANSER AVEC MOI?] (1 $500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 55 x 78" (140 x 200 cm.) quattro foglio poster, Italy. Brigitte Bardot, Henri Vidal, Dawn Addams, Dario Moreno, dir: Michel Boisrond; Vides Cinematografica/ Franco Films. The film about a young widow who becomes a dance instructor at the dance school where her husband is circumstantially involved in a murder is more a thriller than a film about a sexy girl. But, of course, Bardot teaches dance in a somewhat provocative way, and thus the Italian "take" on the action. On linen, NEAR FINE.

SINDACATO DEL PORTO [RUMBLE ON THE DOCKS] (1956)
SINDACATO DEL PORTO [RUMBLE ON THE DOCKS] (1956) $2,000.00 SOLD

Vintage original 55 x 78" (140 x 200 cm.) quattro folio / 4-fogli poster, Italy. James Darren, Laurie Carroll, Michael Granger, Edgar Barrier, Robert Blake, dir: Fred F. Sears; Columbia. The artist Anselmo Ballester has created atmospheric art of the waterfront setting against which a stunning male pin-up portraiture of young James Darren has been juxtaposed.

The story is about a teenage gang member who sets out to expose the corruption on the waterfront of which he has been a part of. This was James Darren's first film. On linen, NEAR FINE.

SWAN, THE [IL CIGNO] (1956)
SWAN, THE [IL CIGNO] (1956) $1,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 55 x 78" (140 x 200 cm.) quattro foglio / 4-fogli poster, Italy. Grace Kelly, Louis Jourdan, dir: Charles Waters; MGM. As Kelly came to the end of her screen career, she did this remake of a Molnar romantic comedy. For the Italian release, artist Ercole Brini took the standard imagery used for the US release and greatly redid it, creating an infinitely more pleasing image of the mythic Grace Kelly.

On linen, with slight fold touch up, a few Italian cinema tax stamps affixed near blank right top side, NEAR FINE.

-brini -gracekelly -theswan

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