Vintage Pulp Mar 31 2014
BOUNCING BABY BOY
This isn't child abuse. It's more like destruction of property.


We know this poster looks vicious, but you can relax—Un mondo maledetto fatto di bambole is about a future world where, in order to control the population, couples are given robot babies. Sounds kind of nice to us—or at least less screamy and less poopy, but it’s clearly not a popular policy with at least one woman. The movie was a British production starring Oliver Reed and Geraldine Chaplin, and was originally entitled Z.P.G., which stands for “Zero Population Growth.” Pretty lame title, but on the other hand, the Italian title translates as “a world made of cursed dolls,” which we think gives a little too much away. In any case, excellent art here from the Italian painter Renato Casaro, a legend who’s created scores of memorable movie promos. You can learn more about him here.

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Vintage Pulp Mar 16 2014
WEDDING CRASHERS
Then the minister said, Speak now or forever hold your peace, and it’s been chaos in there since.


This cover by Benedetto Caroselli for Dammi la tua ecco la mia (“give me yours, here is mine”) features a lovely bride in a sheer mini-wedding dress. This is a reception we'd love to go to, and the line to dance with the bride forms behind us. Anyway, we’ve shown you pulped out versions of classic literature before, and this is another example. Matteo Bandello might be obscure to some, but he was famous enough in his time to have been an influence on William Shakespeare. As far as we know he never wrote a story with this title, but I Grandi Narratori often retitled classics. Oh, and by the way, a person speaks one’s “piece”, but holds one’s “peace”. At least that’s what Merriam–Webster says. 

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Vintage Pulp Feb 21 2014
SOME LICK IT HOT
A tongue is worth a thousand words.

Is it time for another Caroselli? Of course it is. So above we have his art fronting Grandi Edizioni Internazionali’s 1971 book Troppe donne per Casa… which means Too Many Women for Casa… Casa is of course the adventurer Giacomo Casanova, and he always had time for women, especially ones like these that get all Miley Cyrus with their wandering tongues. You know, we had forgotten how much we appreciate a blatantly visible female tongue until she reminded us. So we owe her thanks for that. But we still want every piece of music she’s ever made to be rocketed into the center of a quasar. Historical note: Casanova trysted with a mere one-hundred-twenty-two women during his life. Wilt Chamberlain probably did that in a slow year. But it’s all about quality, not quantity, right? See another Caroselli/Casanova pairing here.

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Femmes Fatales Feb 10 2014
MIRANDA WARNING
They always say to aim high in life but I’ve found aiming low gets good results too.

Isa Miranda was born in Italy in 1909 as Ines Isabella Sampietro and by 1933 was acting in films. The next year she earned widespread acclaim in Max Ophüls’ La Signora di tutti, a role that paved the way for her to leap to Hollywood where she was billed as an Italian Marlene Dietrich. The above promo shows Miranda in character as Anna from 1939’s Hotel Imperial, a movie in which she shot nobody in the crotch, despite her low aim here.

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Vintage Pulp Jan 30 2014
BEAST INTENTIONS
When the wolf is on the prowl.

Above, the cover of Ken Atkins’ 1965 werewolf novel Belva nella notte, aka The Wolf in the Night. This was published for Edizioni Periodici Italiani’s I Capolavori della Serie KKK Classici dell’Orrore, and Atkins was a pseudonym owned by Domenico Dubbini, who also wrote as John Durbin, John Lane, Hassan Mills, Perry Rock, and other names. The art is by Benedetto Caroselli, who we knew nothing about until a couple of years ago, but who we’re now obsessed by, as evidenced by our posts here, here, and here. We have even more to share from Benedetto, so stay tuned.

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Vintage Pulp Jan 17 2014
SPYING ITALIAN STYLE
When in Rome do as the Romans do.

We’ve been enamored of Italian cover art of late, so here are more examples, Complotto ad Haiti, Quinta Colonna, and Operazione Antidroga, all of which are entries in EPI’s very popular Agente Segreto (Secret Agent) series. The series was published during the 1960s and was comprised of at least 80 separate novels, All three of these were written by Bill Colby (almost certainly a pseudonym), and all seem to have had the same cover artist, possibly Benedetto Caroselli, though we aren’t sure on that. In any case, it’s great work. 
 
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Femmes Fatales Jan 15 2014
QUE SERA SERRA
Who says a zebra can’t change its stripes?

Above, former Miss Italy 1963 turned actress Gianna Serra, who appeared in such films as Our Man Flint, Lacrime d’amore, and How to Win a Billion... and Get Away with It, seen here in a shot from the early 1970s.

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Vintage Pulp Jan 11 2014
WILDE CAT
Oscar Wilde was an okay writer and all, but you know what his fiction really needed? Women in catsuits.

Believe it or not, this book entitled Il vizio che brucia (translation: “The Vice that Burns”) is Oscar Wilde’s macabre classic The Picture of Dorian Gray, sexed up for the Italian reading market. Who is this supposed to be on the cover? Sybil Vane, the innocent young actress? The country girl Hetty Merton? Neither, we suppose, since they didn’t wear backless catsuits, as far as we remember. But even if this pulpification of Wilde’s classic has no relationship to the actual text, the Benedetto Caroselli art makes it collectible. The edition was published by Grandi Edizioni Internazionali as part of their I Romanzi Diabolici series and appeared in 1964. See more Caroselli here.

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Vintage Pulp Dec 31 2013
MAID TO ORDER
L’età there be Lindberg.

Hard to believe it’s been two years since we last wrote about Christina Lindberg, but time flies. Her 1971 softcore sex romp L’età della malizia, aka Maid in Sweden, is a coming-of-age tale about a girl who goes to the big city to visit her aunt and gets into all sorts of sticky situations. There isn’t much to recommend here, as the plot is thin, the characters are flimsy, and some of the sexual encounters fall into the category of coercion. But the film is notable because it was the first time Lindberg appeared on American movie screens. For that reason many sites incorrectly describe the movie as her debut, but this was actually the third movie she had filmed, after 1970’s Rötmånad, aka What Are You Doing After the Orgy?, and 1971’s Exponerad, aka Diary of a Rape. Want two scary facts? Rötmånad in Swedish means “dog days” and Exponerad means “exposed.” The U.S. titles, which incorporate “orgy” and “rape” give an indication of what the American distributors of these films thought about American audiences. We like the impressionist Italian poster, though, and just so you don’t think we’re all high and mighty about the lowbrow nature of this movie, below is a nude promo of Lindberg. If you want to see an amazing array of posters and photos of Sweden’s most amazing export, click her keywords below.

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Vintage Pulp Dec 16 2013
CASINO CULTURE
It’s possible to have too many Bonds.

1967’s Casino Royale wasn’t a global Christmas movie in the sense that today’s films are, however it did premiere Christmas week in ten European countries, as well as today in Japan. The movie wasn’t good. Basic idea: Sean Connery is an imposter, so the real James Bond in the form of David Niven is coaxed out of retirement, and he comes up with a plan to confuse his arch enemies SMERSH by renaming all British agents—male and female—James Bond. Time’s review of Casino Royale was headlined “Keystone Cop Out,” and The New York Times’ Bosley Crowther was just as scathing, noting that “since it’s based more on slapstick than wit, with Bond cliché piled upon cliché, it tends to crumble and sprawl.”
 
But one thing about holiday blockbusters—past and present—is that they’re expensively promoted. The many posters produced to sell Casino Royale were top notch. A U.S. poster painted by the legendary Robert McGinnis remains one of his most iconic pieces, but we also like these Italian quattro foglio promos painted by the extensively and expensively collected Giorgio Olivetti. We saw a set of these asking $8,500 at an auction site. By contrast, below are several U.S. promos, not paintings but photo-illustrations, on which the film’s secondary players get starring roles. They aren’t nearly as collectible as the movie’s paintings, but they’re pretty, so we’re sharing them as well.

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1939—Holiday Records Strange Fruit
American blues and jazz singer Billie Holiday records "Strange Fruit", which is considered to be the first civil rights song. It began as a poem written by Abel Meeropol, which he later set to music and performed live with his wife Laura Duncan. The song became a Holiday standard immediately after she recorded it, and it remains one of the most highly regarded pieces of music in American history.
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1927—Mae West Sentenced to Jail
American actress and playwright Mae West is sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for the content of her play Sex. The trial occurred even though the play had run for a year and had been seen by 325,000 people. However West's considerable popularity, already based on her risque image, only increased due to the controversy.
1971—Manson Sentenced to Death
In the U.S, cult leader Charles Manson is sentenced to death for inciting the murders of Sharon Tate and several other people. Three accomplices, who had actually done the killing, were also sentenced to death, but the state of California abolished capital punishment in 1972 and neither they nor Manson were ever actually executed.
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