Vintage Pulp Jan 18 2009
BLOOD & ROSES
Vadim explores the dark in his gothic vampire flick.

If this looks like a poster for some sort of gothic lesbian vampire romance, well, you should start up your own psychic friends network, because you’re right. Alternatively, maybe you aren’t psychic, and this is just extremely successful promo art. Directed by Roger Vadim, Il sangue e la rosa is loosely based upon Irish author Sheridan LeFanu’s classic tale Carmilla, which appeared in his 1872 anthology In a Glass Darkly. Vadim’s adaptation was originally released in France under the title Et mourir de plaisir, but later renamed and paired with the fantastic art you see above. It premiered in Italy in… well, if you’re psychic you already know.

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Femmes Fatales Dec 21 2008
A STAR IN STRIPES
Birthday Barbie is still queen of the galaxy, in our book.

What would sci-fi be without Jane Fonda? Just watching her overheat Dr. Durand Durand’s Excessive Machine is enough to get your juices flowing. We have several Barbarella posters, but we’ll save those until their premiere dates. Meantime, here’s a promo shot from Barbarella. Jane Fonda turns 61 today.

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Vintage Pulp Nov 3 2008
LOVELY DAY FOR A MCGINNIS
Immortal illustrator Robert McGinnis gets the documentary treatment.

Filmmaker Paul Jilbert has put together a documentary entitled Painting the Last Rose of Summer, which details the work and life of one of the greatest pulp illustrators in history—Robert McGinnis. McGinnis painted posters for Hollywood films Dr. No and Barbarella, among many others, and for an array of 60s pulp novels written by the immortals of the art form. If you don’t know Robert McGinnis, this direct-to-DVD documentary is the easiest way to get to know his work.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
October 15
1945—Laval Executed
Pierre Laval, who was the premier of Vichy, France, which had collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, is shot by a firing squad for treason. In subsequent years it emerges that Laval may have considered himself a patriot whose goal was to publicly submit to the Germans while doing everything possible behind the scenes to thwart them. In at least one respect he may have succeeded: fifty percent of French Jews survived the war, whereas in other territories about ninety percent perished.
1966—Black Panthers Form
In the U.S., in Oakland, California, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale form the Black Panther political party. The Panthers are active in American politics throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but eventually legal troubles combined with a schism over the direction of the party lead to its dissolution.
October 14
1962—Cuban Missile Crisis Begins
A U-2 spy plane flight over the island of Cuba produces photographs of Soviet nuclear missiles being installed. Though American missiles have been installed near Russia, the U.S. decides that no such weapons will be tolerated in Cuba. The resultant standoff brings the U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of war. The crisis finally ends with a secret deal in which the U.S. removes its missiles from Turkey in exchange for the Soviets removing the Cuban weapons.
October 13
1970—Angela Davis Arrested
After two months of evading police and federal authorities, Angela Davis is arrested in New York City by the FBI. She had been sought in connection with a kidnapping and murder because one of the guns used in the crime had been bought under her name. But after a trial a jury agreed that owning the weapon did not automatically make her complicit in the crimes.
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