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FRANK SINATRA Belgian movie posters (1965-1968) - The ART OF RAY (RAYMOND ELSEVIERS) (Part 9)

Frank Sinatra is one of the actors whose Belgian movie posters have mainly be painted by RAY (Raymond Elseviers), the premier Belgian movie poster artist.

Ray’s style perfectly complements the roughness of Sinatra’s mid 60’s roles as shown in the 7 posters above:

from top left to right: Tony Rome (1967) / Von Ryan’s Express (1965) / None But The Brave (1965) / Lady In Cement (1968) / The Detective (1968) / Marriage On The Rocks (1965) / The Naked Runner (1967)

All our RAY posters are here

In May 2014 all our Belgian movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The posters above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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JANE FONDA Belgian movie posters (1962-1969) - The ART OF RAY (RAYMOND ELSEVIERS) (Part 8)

Jane Fonda's sixties film output is quite intense and most of the posters for her Belgian releases were designed by RAY (Raymond Elseviers), the premier Belgian movie poster artist, as shown in the 6 posters above:

from top left to right: They Shoot Horses Don’t They (1969) / The Chase (1966) / Cat Ballou (1965) / Sunday In New York (1963) /The Chapman Report (1962) / Any Wednesday (1966)

All our RAY posters are here

In May 2014 all our Belgian movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The posters above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1967) - The ART OF RAY (RAYMOND ELSEVIERS) (Part 7)
Among the 230 + posters designed by RAY (Raymond Elseviers), the premier Belgian movie poster artist, this one is my Top 5.
He perfectly managed to sum up the chaos of the cult exploitation movie directed by Mark Robson and starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and Sharon Tate trapped in a sex and drugs binge as shown with the rain of pills on the right side
A true movie poster classic
All our RAY posters are here
In May 2014 all our Belgian movie posters are On SALE
If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS
The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1967) - The ART OF RAY (RAYMOND ELSEVIERS) (Part 7)

Among the 230 + posters designed by RAY (Raymond Elseviers), the premier Belgian movie poster artist, this one is my Top 5.

He perfectly managed to sum up the chaos of the cult exploitation movie directed by Mark Robson and starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and Sharon Tate trapped in a sex and drugs binge as shown with the rain of pills on the right side

A true movie poster classic

All our RAY posters are here

In May 2014 all our Belgian movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

(Source: illustractiongalery.com)

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MICHAEL CAINE Belgian movie posters (1965-1968) - The ART OF RAY (RAYMOND ELSEVIERS) (Part 4)

Another male sixties’s legend, Michael Caine, has seen many of his greatest movie posters painted by RAY (Raymond Elseviers), the premier Belgian movie poster artist, for their Belgian releases as shown in the 4 posters above:

From top: Ipcress File (1965) / Gambit (1966) / Deadfall (1968) /The Magus (1968)

All our RAY posters are here

In May 2014 all our Belgian movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The posters above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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JACKIE BROWN (1997) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 10)
After having spent most of the 1980’s and 90’s away from the silver screen, starring in TV series like Miami Vice and The Love Boat, PAM GRIER's career was single hardly revived with this movie.
Quentin Tarantino's homage to the Blaxploitation genre made him cast her -  alongside with Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster and Bridget Fonda - as an air stewardess involved in a complex drug smuggling scam. The intro scene alone, filmed to the music of Bobby Womack’s Across 110th Street (Pam Grier was his backing vocalist in the late 60’s) was enough to propel her back under the star spotlight where she belongs
The poster above is a limited edition print created by Olly Moss in 2010, part of the Mondo / Alamo Drafthouse Roadshow series when the movie was screened on the same parking lot in Torrance, California where the movie was filmed!
All our PAM GRIER posters are here
In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE
If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS
The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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JACKIE BROWN (1997) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 10)

After having spent most of the 1980’s and 90’s away from the silver screen, starring in TV series like Miami Vice and The Love Boat, PAM GRIER's career was single hardly revived with this movie.

Quentin Tarantino's homage to the Blaxploitation genre made him cast her -  alongside with Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster and Bridget Fonda - as an air stewardess involved in a complex drug smuggling scam. The intro scene alone, filmed to the music of Bobby Womack’s Across 110th Street (Pam Grier was his backing vocalist in the late 60’s) was enough to propel her back under the star spotlight where she belongs

The poster above is a limited edition print created by Olly Moss in 2010, part of the Mondo / Alamo Drafthouse Roadshow series when the movie was screened on the same parking lot in Torrance, California where the movie was filmed!

All our PAM GRIER posters are here

In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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COFFY (1973) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 9)
Having spent the early 1970’s acting in several women in prisons/Exploitation movies produced by Roger Corman (see Part 3). PAM GRIER finally took the lead role in this 1973 Blaxploitation cult movie and huge hit directed once again by Jack Hill (see Part 3) where she plays an inner city nurse looking for revenge after her sister overdoses (watch movie trailer here)
The poster above is one of Blaxploitation’s most famous designs (artist is unknown) showing Grier as the fierce afro-haired woman using both her body and her gun to get business and justice done
All our PAM GRIER posters are here
In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE
If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS
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COFFY (1973) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 9)

Having spent the early 1970’s acting in several women in prisons/Exploitation movies produced by Roger Corman (see Part 3). PAM GRIER finally took the lead role in this 1973 Blaxploitation cult movie and huge hit directed once again by Jack Hill (see Part 3) where she plays an inner city nurse looking for revenge after her sister overdoses (watch movie trailer here)

The poster above is one of Blaxploitation’s most famous designs (artist is unknown) showing Grier as the fierce afro-haired woman using both her body and her gun to get business and justice done

All our PAM GRIER posters are here

In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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HIT MAN (1972) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 8)
Before gaining fame in Coffy (see Part 9), PAM GRIER was cast as the co-star in this Blaxploitation film, whose scenario and scenes were literally lifted (i.e. copied) from the cult British gangster flick Get Carter starring Michael Caine.
Grier is for the first time billed as a co-star along with  Bernie Casey who plays the lawyer turned killer to avenge the murder of his brother (watch movie trailer here)
The poster above is a classic example of Blaxploitation’s art with the hero looking dapper and holding a double barreled gun (like Michael Caine). They even copied the shooting target from the Get Carter US poster!
All our PAM GRIER posters are here
In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE
If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS
The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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HIT MAN (1972) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 8)

Before gaining fame in Coffy (see Part 9), PAM GRIER was cast as the co-star in this Blaxploitation film, whose scenario and scenes were literally lifted (i.e. copied) from the cult British gangster flick Get Carter starring Michael Caine.

Grier is for the first time billed as a co-star along with  Bernie Casey who plays the lawyer turned killer to avenge the murder of his brother (watch movie trailer here)

The poster above is a classic example of Blaxploitation’s art with the hero looking dapper and holding a double barreled gun (like Michael Caine). They even copied the shooting target from the Get Carter US poster!

All our PAM GRIER posters are here

In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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BUCKTOWN (1975) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 6)
Filmed just after the successes of Foxy Brown and Sheba Baby (see Parts 1 and 2), this Blaxploitation movie stars PAM GRIER as a lead next to one of the biggest male stars of the genre, Fred Williamson.
Directed by Arthur Marks (whom also directed her in Foxy Brown and Friday Foster), the movie is a great action film opposing good honest black folks against bad corrupt redneck white cops in a small southern town (watch movie trailer here)
The poster is another great painting featuring all the stars by R. Kynion
All our PAM GRIER posters are here
In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE
If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS
The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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BUCKTOWN (1975) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 6)

Filmed just after the successes of Foxy Brown and Sheba Baby (see Parts 1 and 2), this Blaxploitation movie stars PAM GRIER as a lead next to one of the biggest male stars of the genre, Fred Williamson.

Directed by Arthur Marks (whom also directed her in Foxy Brown and Friday Foster), the movie is a great action film opposing good honest black folks against bad corrupt redneck white cops in a small southern town (watch movie trailer here)

The poster is another great painting featuring all the stars by R. Kynion

All our PAM GRIER posters are here

In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 5)
Having previously been a studio backing singer, PAM GRIER was cast, in her first ever role, as one the many loose girls performing in a rock band, coming to Hollywood to find fame in the Russ Meyer directed exploitation cult classic.
She only plays a small role but that was enough to be recognized by Roger Corman and Jack Hill who cast her in several exploitation movies between 1971 and 1973 (see Part 3). 
The poster above was designed in 1997 for the Japanese rerelease of the movie. It doesn’t feature Grier but is a fabulous image nonetheless.All our PAM GRIER posters are here
In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE
If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS
The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 5)

Having previously been a studio backing singer, PAM GRIER was cast, in her first ever role, as one the many loose girls performing in a rock band, coming to Hollywood to find fame in the Russ Meyer directed exploitation cult classic.

She only plays a small role but that was enough to be recognized by Roger Corman and Jack Hill who cast her in several exploitation movies between 1971 and 1973 (see Part 3). 

The poster above was designed in 1997 for the Japanese rerelease of the movie. It doesn’t feature Grier but is a fabulous image nonetheless.All our PAM GRIER posters are here

In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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FRIDAY FOSTER (1975) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 4)
After the successes of Foxy Brown and Sheba Baby (see Parts 1 and 2), this Blaxploitation movie stars once again PAM GRIER as a tough woman but with a more comic side.
Directed by Arthur Marks (see Parts 1 and 6), the movie features an all-star black cast: Yaphet Kotto (see Part 7), Godfrey Cambridge, Ted Lange (from Love Boat) and the ever sexy Eartha Kitt (watch movie trailer here).
The poster is another great painting by Blaxploitation’s movie poster premier artist, George Akimoto
All our PAM GRIER posters are here
In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE
If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS
The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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FRIDAY FOSTER (1975) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 4)

After the successes of Foxy Brown and Sheba Baby (see Parts 1 and 2), this Blaxploitation movie stars once again PAM GRIER as a tough woman but with a more comic side.

Directed by Arthur Marks (see Parts 1 and 6), the movie features an all-star black cast: Yaphet Kotto (see Part 7), Godfrey Cambridge, Ted Lange (from Love Boat) and the ever sexy Eartha Kitt (watch movie trailer here).

The poster is another great painting by Blaxploitation’s movie poster premier artist, George Akimoto

All our PAM GRIER posters are here

In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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SHEBA BABY (1975) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 2)

Filmed just after the successes of Foxy Brown (see Part 1), this Blaxploitation movie stars PAM GRIER as the lead female star as a Chicago-based private detective returning to her hometown to help her father fight against thugs.

The movie was another huge box office success despite its formulaic scenario (watch movie trailer here)

Above are two US posters: the one sheet poster followed by the rarer insert poster featuring another fantastic mean yet sexy looking pose.

All our PAM GRIER posters are here

In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The posters above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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FOXY BROWN (1974) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 1)
PAM GRIER (nee Pamela Suzette Grier in 1949) is one the most iconic women of the 1970’s thanks to her roles as the tough Black American woman in a series of massive box office hits between 1973 and 1977 which have defined the Blaxploitation genre.
The Blaxploitation movies were dominated by male stars (Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Yaphet Kotto, Godfrey Cambridge) until Pam Grier was cast as the lead role in Coffy in 1973 (see Part 9).
Following its success, she took on another female lead role in the 1974 Arthur Marks directed movie where she plays a hooker exacting revenge on the white mobsters who killed her Boyfriend (watch excerpt here).
The movie was a huge box office success and propelled Grier as the face (and body) of the Black American women in the 1970’s. She unfortunately faded after the waning of the Blaxploitation genre before seeing her career revised by Quentin Tarantino in 1997 with Jackie Brown (see Part 10)
Above is the combo US one sheet poster featuring the 2 biggest Blaxploitation movies of 1974 and its two biggest stars including Stax Records giant, the Black Moses himself, Isaac Hayes in Truck Turner All our PAM GRIER posters are here
In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE
If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS
The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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FOXY BROWN (1974) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 1)

PAM GRIER (nee Pamela Suzette Grier in 1949) is one the most iconic women of the 1970’s thanks to her roles as the tough Black American woman in a series of massive box office hits between 1973 and 1977 which have defined the Blaxploitation genre.

The Blaxploitation movies were dominated by male stars (Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Yaphet Kotto, Godfrey Cambridge) until Pam Grier was cast as the lead role in Coffy in 1973 (see Part 9).

Following its success, she took on another female lead role in the 1974 Arthur Marks directed movie where she plays a hooker exacting revenge on the white mobsters who killed her Boyfriend (watch excerpt here).

The movie was a huge box office success and propelled Grier as the face (and body) of the Black American women in the 1970’s. She unfortunately faded after the waning of the Blaxploitation genre before seeing her career revised by Quentin Tarantino in 1997 with Jackie Brown (see Part 10)

Above is the combo US one sheet poster featuring the 2 biggest Blaxploitation movies of 1974 and its two biggest stars including Stax Records giant, the Black Moses himself, Isaac Hayes in Truck Turner All our PAM GRIER posters are here

In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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The DEATH OF BRUCE LEE (1975) - BRUCE LEE/ BRUCEPLOITATION POSTERS (Part 6)

As we have seen in part 2 and 4, BRUCE LEE's early death launched a plethora of copycats and spinoffs capitalizing on his passing.

One of the most interesting is this 1975 Hong Kong produced movie (titled Long zheng hu dou jing wu hun) in which Black american martial arts black belt champion, Ron Van Clief. comes to Hong Kong to investigate on the causes of Lee’s death confronting the local mafia…hence the other title Black Dragon’s Revenge.

Both posters above are designed by legendary comic book artist Neal Adams (see Part 4 and 10) but you will notice that the German poster has removed Ron Van Clief’s image to replace him with Bruce Lee, making it a very much sought-after poster.

All our BRUCE LEE posters are here

In June 2014 all our Martial Arts/Bruceploitation movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The posters above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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BRUCE LEE THE MAN THE MYTH (1977) - BRUCE LEE/ BRUCEPLOITATION POSTERS (Part 4)
As we have seen in part 2, BRUCE LEE's early death launched a plethora of copycats and spinoffs capitalizing on his passing.
The two most famous were named by the producers Bruce Le and Bruce Li (see Part 2) “So Much Like Him, You’ll Swear Bruce lee Lives”!!!!
The latter stars in this 1977 Hong Kong produced movie (Li xiao long zhuan qi) whose only saving grace is the great US poster designed by legendary comic book artist Neal Adams (see Part 6 and 10). 
All our BRUCE LEE posters are here
In June 2014 all our Martial Arts/Bruceploitation movie posters are On SALE
If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS
The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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BRUCE LEE THE MAN THE MYTH (1977) - BRUCE LEE/ BRUCEPLOITATION POSTERS (Part 4)

As we have seen in part 2, BRUCE LEE's early death launched a plethora of copycats and spinoffs capitalizing on his passing.

The two most famous were named by the producers Bruce Le and Bruce Li (see Part 2) “So Much Like Him, You’ll Swear Bruce lee Lives”!!!!

The latter stars in this 1977 Hong Kong produced movie (Li xiao long zhuan qi) whose only saving grace is the great US poster designed by legendary comic book artist Neal Adams (see Part 6 and 10). 

All our BRUCE LEE posters are here

In June 2014 all our Martial Arts/Bruceploitation movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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The BIG BOSS (Fists Of Fury) (1971) - BRUCE LEE/ BRUCEPLOITATION POSTERS (Part 3)
Having failed to crack Hollywood, BRUCE LEE returned to Hong Kong in 1970 where his out of this earth martial arts skills made him hired by producer Raymond Chow who cast him as the headline star in the action movie directed by Wei Lo (se Part 5) which included some amazing fight scenes cementing Lee’s reputation as the fastest karateka on earth (watch the ice factory fight scene here)
The movie was a massive success, being the first in a series of 5 movies Lee shot before his death in 1973.
The Japanese poster above was designed for the first release of the movie there in 1974
All our BRUCE LEE posters are here
In June 2014 all our Martial Arts/Bruceploitation movie posters are On SALE
If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS
The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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The BIG BOSS (Fists Of Fury) (1971) - BRUCE LEE/ BRUCEPLOITATION POSTERS (Part 3)

Having failed to crack Hollywood, BRUCE LEE returned to Hong Kong in 1970 where his out of this earth martial arts skills made him hired by producer Raymond Chow who cast him as the headline star in the action movie directed by Wei Lo (se Part 5) which included some amazing fight scenes cementing Lee’s reputation as the fastest karateka on earth (watch the ice factory fight scene here)

The movie was a massive success, being the first in a series of 5 movies Lee shot before his death in 1973.

The Japanese poster above was designed for the first release of the movie there in 1974

All our BRUCE LEE posters are here

In June 2014 all our Martial Arts/Bruceploitation movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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FRANK SINATRA Belgian movie posters (1965-1968) - The ART OF RAY (RAYMOND ELSEVIERS) (Part 9)

Frank Sinatra is one of the actors whose Belgian movie posters have mainly be painted by RAY (Raymond Elseviers), the premier Belgian movie poster artist.

Ray’s style perfectly complements the roughness of Sinatra’s mid 60’s roles as shown in the 7 posters above:

from top left to right: Tony Rome (1967) / Von Ryan’s Express (1965) / None But The Brave (1965) / Lady In Cement (1968) / The Detective (1968) / Marriage On The Rocks (1965) / The Naked Runner (1967)

All our RAY posters are here

In May 2014 all our Belgian movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The posters above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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JANE FONDA Belgian movie posters (1962-1969) - The ART OF RAY (RAYMOND ELSEVIERS) (Part 8)

Jane Fonda's sixties film output is quite intense and most of the posters for her Belgian releases were designed by RAY (Raymond Elseviers), the premier Belgian movie poster artist, as shown in the 6 posters above:

from top left to right: They Shoot Horses Don’t They (1969) / The Chase (1966) / Cat Ballou (1965) / Sunday In New York (1963) /The Chapman Report (1962) / Any Wednesday (1966)

All our RAY posters are here

In May 2014 all our Belgian movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The posters above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1967) - The ART OF RAY (RAYMOND ELSEVIERS) (Part 7)
Among the 230 + posters designed by RAY (Raymond Elseviers), the premier Belgian movie poster artist, this one is my Top 5.
He perfectly managed to sum up the chaos of the cult exploitation movie directed by Mark Robson and starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and Sharon Tate trapped in a sex and drugs binge as shown with the rain of pills on the right side
A true movie poster classic
All our RAY posters are here
In May 2014 all our Belgian movie posters are On SALE
If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS
The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1967) - The ART OF RAY (RAYMOND ELSEVIERS) (Part 7)

Among the 230 + posters designed by RAY (Raymond Elseviers), the premier Belgian movie poster artist, this one is my Top 5.

He perfectly managed to sum up the chaos of the cult exploitation movie directed by Mark Robson and starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and Sharon Tate trapped in a sex and drugs binge as shown with the rain of pills on the right side

A true movie poster classic

All our RAY posters are here

In May 2014 all our Belgian movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The poster above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

(Source: illustractiongalery.com)

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MICHAEL CAINE Belgian movie posters (1965-1968) - The ART OF RAY (RAYMOND ELSEVIERS) (Part 4)

Another male sixties’s legend, Michael Caine, has seen many of his greatest movie posters painted by RAY (Raymond Elseviers), the premier Belgian movie poster artist, for their Belgian releases as shown in the 4 posters above:

From top: Ipcress File (1965) / Gambit (1966) / Deadfall (1968) /The Magus (1968)

All our RAY posters are here

In May 2014 all our Belgian movie posters are On SALE

If you like this entry, check the other 9 parts of this week’s Blog as well as our Archives and all our NEW POSTERS

The posters above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY

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JACKIE BROWN (1997) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 10)
After having spent most of the 1980’s and 90’s away from the silver screen, starring in TV series like Miami Vice and The Love Boat, PAM GRIER's career was single hardly revived with this movie.
Quentin Tarantino's homage to the Blaxploitation genre made him cast her -  alongside with Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster and Bridget Fonda - as an air stewardess involved in a complex drug smuggling scam. The intro scene alone, filmed to the music of Bobby Womack’s Across 110th Street (Pam Grier was his backing vocalist in the late 60’s) was enough to propel her back under the star spotlight where she belongs
The poster above is a limited edition print created by Olly Moss in 2010, part of the Mondo / Alamo Drafthouse Roadshow series when the movie was screened on the same parking lot in Torrance, California where the movie was filmed!
All our PAM GRIER posters are here
In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE
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JACKIE BROWN (1997) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 10)

After having spent most of the 1980’s and 90’s away from the silver screen, starring in TV series like Miami Vice and The Love Boat, PAM GRIER's career was single hardly revived with this movie.

Quentin Tarantino's homage to the Blaxploitation genre made him cast her -  alongside with Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster and Bridget Fonda - as an air stewardess involved in a complex drug smuggling scam. The intro scene alone, filmed to the music of Bobby Womack’s Across 110th Street (Pam Grier was his backing vocalist in the late 60’s) was enough to propel her back under the star spotlight where she belongs

The poster above is a limited edition print created by Olly Moss in 2010, part of the Mondo / Alamo Drafthouse Roadshow series when the movie was screened on the same parking lot in Torrance, California where the movie was filmed!

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COFFY (1973) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 9)
Having spent the early 1970’s acting in several women in prisons/Exploitation movies produced by Roger Corman (see Part 3). PAM GRIER finally took the lead role in this 1973 Blaxploitation cult movie and huge hit directed once again by Jack Hill (see Part 3) where she plays an inner city nurse looking for revenge after her sister overdoses (watch movie trailer here)
The poster above is one of Blaxploitation’s most famous designs (artist is unknown) showing Grier as the fierce afro-haired woman using both her body and her gun to get business and justice done
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COFFY (1973) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 9)

Having spent the early 1970’s acting in several women in prisons/Exploitation movies produced by Roger Corman (see Part 3). PAM GRIER finally took the lead role in this 1973 Blaxploitation cult movie and huge hit directed once again by Jack Hill (see Part 3) where she plays an inner city nurse looking for revenge after her sister overdoses (watch movie trailer here)

The poster above is one of Blaxploitation’s most famous designs (artist is unknown) showing Grier as the fierce afro-haired woman using both her body and her gun to get business and justice done

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HIT MAN (1972) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 8)
Before gaining fame in Coffy (see Part 9), PAM GRIER was cast as the co-star in this Blaxploitation film, whose scenario and scenes were literally lifted (i.e. copied) from the cult British gangster flick Get Carter starring Michael Caine.
Grier is for the first time billed as a co-star along with  Bernie Casey who plays the lawyer turned killer to avenge the murder of his brother (watch movie trailer here)
The poster above is a classic example of Blaxploitation’s art with the hero looking dapper and holding a double barreled gun (like Michael Caine). They even copied the shooting target from the Get Carter US poster!
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HIT MAN (1972) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 8)

Before gaining fame in Coffy (see Part 9), PAM GRIER was cast as the co-star in this Blaxploitation film, whose scenario and scenes were literally lifted (i.e. copied) from the cult British gangster flick Get Carter starring Michael Caine.

Grier is for the first time billed as a co-star along with  Bernie Casey who plays the lawyer turned killer to avenge the murder of his brother (watch movie trailer here)

The poster above is a classic example of Blaxploitation’s art with the hero looking dapper and holding a double barreled gun (like Michael Caine). They even copied the shooting target from the Get Carter US poster!

All our PAM GRIER posters are here

In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE

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BUCKTOWN (1975) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 6)
Filmed just after the successes of Foxy Brown and Sheba Baby (see Parts 1 and 2), this Blaxploitation movie stars PAM GRIER as a lead next to one of the biggest male stars of the genre, Fred Williamson.
Directed by Arthur Marks (whom also directed her in Foxy Brown and Friday Foster), the movie is a great action film opposing good honest black folks against bad corrupt redneck white cops in a small southern town (watch movie trailer here)
The poster is another great painting featuring all the stars by R. Kynion
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BUCKTOWN (1975) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 6)

Filmed just after the successes of Foxy Brown and Sheba Baby (see Parts 1 and 2), this Blaxploitation movie stars PAM GRIER as a lead next to one of the biggest male stars of the genre, Fred Williamson.

Directed by Arthur Marks (whom also directed her in Foxy Brown and Friday Foster), the movie is a great action film opposing good honest black folks against bad corrupt redneck white cops in a small southern town (watch movie trailer here)

The poster is another great painting featuring all the stars by R. Kynion

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BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 5)
Having previously been a studio backing singer, PAM GRIER was cast, in her first ever role, as one the many loose girls performing in a rock band, coming to Hollywood to find fame in the Russ Meyer directed exploitation cult classic.
She only plays a small role but that was enough to be recognized by Roger Corman and Jack Hill who cast her in several exploitation movies between 1971 and 1973 (see Part 3). 
The poster above was designed in 1997 for the Japanese rerelease of the movie. It doesn’t feature Grier but is a fabulous image nonetheless.All our PAM GRIER posters are here
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BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 5)

Having previously been a studio backing singer, PAM GRIER was cast, in her first ever role, as one the many loose girls performing in a rock band, coming to Hollywood to find fame in the Russ Meyer directed exploitation cult classic.

She only plays a small role but that was enough to be recognized by Roger Corman and Jack Hill who cast her in several exploitation movies between 1971 and 1973 (see Part 3). 

The poster above was designed in 1997 for the Japanese rerelease of the movie. It doesn’t feature Grier but is a fabulous image nonetheless.All our PAM GRIER posters are here

In June 2014 all our Blaxploitation movie posters are On SALE

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FRIDAY FOSTER (1975) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 4)
After the successes of Foxy Brown and Sheba Baby (see Parts 1 and 2), this Blaxploitation movie stars once again PAM GRIER as a tough woman but with a more comic side.
Directed by Arthur Marks (see Parts 1 and 6), the movie features an all-star black cast: Yaphet Kotto (see Part 7), Godfrey Cambridge, Ted Lange (from Love Boat) and the ever sexy Eartha Kitt (watch movie trailer here).
The poster is another great painting by Blaxploitation’s movie poster premier artist, George Akimoto
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FRIDAY FOSTER (1975) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 4)

After the successes of Foxy Brown and Sheba Baby (see Parts 1 and 2), this Blaxploitation movie stars once again PAM GRIER as a tough woman but with a more comic side.

Directed by Arthur Marks (see Parts 1 and 6), the movie features an all-star black cast: Yaphet Kotto (see Part 7), Godfrey Cambridge, Ted Lange (from Love Boat) and the ever sexy Eartha Kitt (watch movie trailer here).

The poster is another great painting by Blaxploitation’s movie poster premier artist, George Akimoto

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SHEBA BABY (1975) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 2)

Filmed just after the successes of Foxy Brown (see Part 1), this Blaxploitation movie stars PAM GRIER as the lead female star as a Chicago-based private detective returning to her hometown to help her father fight against thugs.

The movie was another huge box office success despite its formulaic scenario (watch movie trailer here)

Above are two US posters: the one sheet poster followed by the rarer insert poster featuring another fantastic mean yet sexy looking pose.

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FOXY BROWN (1974) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 1)
PAM GRIER (nee Pamela Suzette Grier in 1949) is one the most iconic women of the 1970’s thanks to her roles as the tough Black American woman in a series of massive box office hits between 1973 and 1977 which have defined the Blaxploitation genre.
The Blaxploitation movies were dominated by male stars (Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Yaphet Kotto, Godfrey Cambridge) until Pam Grier was cast as the lead role in Coffy in 1973 (see Part 9).
Following its success, she took on another female lead role in the 1974 Arthur Marks directed movie where she plays a hooker exacting revenge on the white mobsters who killed her Boyfriend (watch excerpt here).
The movie was a huge box office success and propelled Grier as the face (and body) of the Black American women in the 1970’s. She unfortunately faded after the waning of the Blaxploitation genre before seeing her career revised by Quentin Tarantino in 1997 with Jackie Brown (see Part 10)
Above is the combo US one sheet poster featuring the 2 biggest Blaxploitation movies of 1974 and its two biggest stars including Stax Records giant, the Black Moses himself, Isaac Hayes in Truck Turner All our PAM GRIER posters are here
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FOXY BROWN (1974) - PAM GRIER: BLAXPLOITATION’s QUEEN (Part 1)

PAM GRIER (nee Pamela Suzette Grier in 1949) is one the most iconic women of the 1970’s thanks to her roles as the tough Black American woman in a series of massive box office hits between 1973 and 1977 which have defined the Blaxploitation genre.

The Blaxploitation movies were dominated by male stars (Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Yaphet Kotto, Godfrey Cambridge) until Pam Grier was cast as the lead role in Coffy in 1973 (see Part 9).

Following its success, she took on another female lead role in the 1974 Arthur Marks directed movie where she plays a hooker exacting revenge on the white mobsters who killed her Boyfriend (watch excerpt here).

The movie was a huge box office success and propelled Grier as the face (and body) of the Black American women in the 1970’s. She unfortunately faded after the waning of the Blaxploitation genre before seeing her career revised by Quentin Tarantino in 1997 with Jackie Brown (see Part 10)

Above is the combo US one sheet poster featuring the 2 biggest Blaxploitation movies of 1974 and its two biggest stars including Stax Records giant, the Black Moses himself, Isaac Hayes in Truck Turner All our PAM GRIER posters are here

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The DEATH OF BRUCE LEE (1975) - BRUCE LEE/ BRUCEPLOITATION POSTERS (Part 6)

As we have seen in part 2 and 4, BRUCE LEE's early death launched a plethora of copycats and spinoffs capitalizing on his passing.

One of the most interesting is this 1975 Hong Kong produced movie (titled Long zheng hu dou jing wu hun) in which Black american martial arts black belt champion, Ron Van Clief. comes to Hong Kong to investigate on the causes of Lee’s death confronting the local mafia…hence the other title Black Dragon’s Revenge.

Both posters above are designed by legendary comic book artist Neal Adams (see Part 4 and 10) but you will notice that the German poster has removed Ron Van Clief’s image to replace him with Bruce Lee, making it a very much sought-after poster.

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BRUCE LEE THE MAN THE MYTH (1977) - BRUCE LEE/ BRUCEPLOITATION POSTERS (Part 4)
As we have seen in part 2, BRUCE LEE's early death launched a plethora of copycats and spinoffs capitalizing on his passing.
The two most famous were named by the producers Bruce Le and Bruce Li (see Part 2) “So Much Like Him, You’ll Swear Bruce lee Lives”!!!!
The latter stars in this 1977 Hong Kong produced movie (Li xiao long zhuan qi) whose only saving grace is the great US poster designed by legendary comic book artist Neal Adams (see Part 6 and 10). 
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BRUCE LEE THE MAN THE MYTH (1977) - BRUCE LEE/ BRUCEPLOITATION POSTERS (Part 4)

As we have seen in part 2, BRUCE LEE's early death launched a plethora of copycats and spinoffs capitalizing on his passing.

The two most famous were named by the producers Bruce Le and Bruce Li (see Part 2) “So Much Like Him, You’ll Swear Bruce lee Lives”!!!!

The latter stars in this 1977 Hong Kong produced movie (Li xiao long zhuan qi) whose only saving grace is the great US poster designed by legendary comic book artist Neal Adams (see Part 6 and 10). 

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The BIG BOSS (Fists Of Fury) (1971) - BRUCE LEE/ BRUCEPLOITATION POSTERS (Part 3)
Having failed to crack Hollywood, BRUCE LEE returned to Hong Kong in 1970 where his out of this earth martial arts skills made him hired by producer Raymond Chow who cast him as the headline star in the action movie directed by Wei Lo (se Part 5) which included some amazing fight scenes cementing Lee’s reputation as the fastest karateka on earth (watch the ice factory fight scene here)
The movie was a massive success, being the first in a series of 5 movies Lee shot before his death in 1973.
The Japanese poster above was designed for the first release of the movie there in 1974
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The BIG BOSS (Fists Of Fury) (1971) - BRUCE LEE/ BRUCEPLOITATION POSTERS (Part 3)

Having failed to crack Hollywood, BRUCE LEE returned to Hong Kong in 1970 where his out of this earth martial arts skills made him hired by producer Raymond Chow who cast him as the headline star in the action movie directed by Wei Lo (se Part 5) which included some amazing fight scenes cementing Lee’s reputation as the fastest karateka on earth (watch the ice factory fight scene here)

The movie was a massive success, being the first in a series of 5 movies Lee shot before his death in 1973.

The Japanese poster above was designed for the first release of the movie there in 1974

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