Movie Poster of the Week: Milos Forman’s "Loves of a Blonde" and "The Firemen’s Ball"

Movie Poster of the Week: Milos Forman’s "Loves of a Blonde" and "The Firemen’s Ball"

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Above: Polish poster for Loves of a Blonde by Hannah Bodnar and a Hungarian poster for The Firemen’s Ball by Peter Merczel.

Milos Forman, who handed away final week on the age of 86, was finest generally known as the Academy Award-winning director of these ’70s and ’80s classics One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, however he was a sensation earlier than he left his native Czechoslovakia in 1968. His first characteristic, Black Peter (1964), was effectively obtained (it took the highest prize at Locarno) however it was his two subsequent options, Loves of a Blonde (1965) and The Firemen’s Ball (1967), which made his title each at dwelling and overseas and which stay two of the nice fire-bursts of the Czech New Wave. Each are social satires set in small Czech cities, filmed on location, utilizing largely non-professional casts, in a distinctly cinema vérité fashion. Each had been nominated for Oscars for Finest International Language Movie (Blonde misplaced to Lelouch’s A Man and a Lady and Firemen to Bondarchuk’s Warfare and Peace) and each, so far as I can inform from the big selection of worldwide posters, had been distributed to nice acclaim all over the world.

The 2 posters above—Hannah Bodnar’s ethereal Polish art work for Loves of a Blonde and Peter Merczel’s impressed 1988 matchbox design for The Firemen’s Ball—are two of my all-time favourite movie posters, however each movies impressed quite a few and really assorted designs. A variety of them verge on the prurient: intercourse offered overseas movies within the 1960s, and the story has it that when one worldwide distributor advised Forman that Loves of a Blonde was too quick for American audiences and didn’t include sufficient nudity, he shot some further scenes that had been solely ever seen overseas. Regardless of that, it’s the decidedly much less attractive Firemen’s Ball that has essentially the most salacious posters, particularly a few German designs and one Danish that look British seaside postcards or posters for a Carry On movie. The unique Czech posters by Vladimir Bidlo are great of their collage fashion; I really like the French pop artwork design by Ferracci and, after all, the great Polish poster by Jerzy Flisak.

Under are one of the best posters I may discover for every movie, starting with the unique Czech designs and ending with the American one sheets and a few US ephemera. Should you’ve by no means seen these movies do examine them if you could find them—they’re great.

Above: Czech poster for Loves of a Blonde. Design by Zedenek Palcr.

Above: Polish poster for Loves of a Blonde. Design by Hannah Bodnar.

Above: Cuban poster for Loves of a Blonde. Design by Eduardo Muñoz Bachs.

Above: German poster for Loves of a Blonde. Art work by Ahrle.

Above: one other German poster for Loves of a Blonde. Design by Hans Peter Sickert.

Above: Italian 2-fogli poster for Loves of a Blonde.

Above: Italian Four-fogli poster for Loves of a Blonde.

Above: French grande for Loves of a Blonde.

Above: UK quad for Loves of a Blonde (recognized within the UK as A Blonde in Love). Design by Peter Strausfeld.

Above: US one sheet for Loves of a Blonde.

Above: Brochure for US engagement of Loves of a Blonde.

Above: Czech poster for The Firemen’s Ball by Vladimir Bidlo.

Above: one other Czech poster for The Firemen’s Ball by Vladimir Bidlo.

Above: Czech half-poster for The Firemen’s Ball. Design by Vladimir Bidlo.

Above: Polish poster for The Firemen’s Ball. Design by Jerszy Flisak.

Above: The French poster for The Firemen’s Ball. Design by Ferracci.

Above: 1988 Hungarian poster for The Firemen’s Ball by Peter Merczel.

Above: Danish poster for The Firemen’s Ball. Artist unknown.

Above: German poster for The Firemen’s Ball.

Above: two very completely different German posters for The Firemen’s Ball, notably with a special title as if this was a later re-release.

Above: UK quad poster for The Firemen’s Ball.

Above: US half sheet for The Firemen’s Ball.

Above: US one sheet for The Firemen’s Ball.

Above: US subway poster for The Firemen’s Ball.

Above: unused art work for The Firemen’s Ball by Saul Bass.

Posters courtesy of Posteritati, Heritage Auctions, KinoArt.internet and eBay.

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