Let s face it, sex sells Posters that teem with muscle rippling heroes in skimpy loincloths, frail beauties in diaphanous gowns, pointy bearded tyrants, and evil queens with heavy makeup and beehive hairdos were all classic lures that used to tempt patrons into theaters to see the sword and sandal movies of forty years ago The posters advertising the films were every bit as dramatic and alluring as the movies themselves, and theater patrons lined up to SEE these surging spectacles of savagery and sex Studio marketing departments learned quickly how to keep the public interested in this distinctive genre Retro Stud displays beautifully reproduced artwork from around the world replete with the sly sexuality and lithographed excitement that was typical of these posters....
|Title||:||Retro Stud: Muscle Movie Posters from Around the World|
|Publisher||:||Collectors Pr First Edition edition October 1, 2002|
|Number of Pages||:||128 pages|
|File Size||:||897 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Retro Stud: Muscle Movie Posters from Around the World Reviews
I had hoped that a book about movie posters would have a lot of full page posters. However, the format of this book is a perfect square, and most posters are rectangular. There are many posters in this book, but they are reproduced on a tiny scale of about 3 inches each, so that there are about three posters on every page. Tiny posters kind of defeat the whole point of a book about the art of muscle movie posters. Usually these kind of books feature full page posters, and the format is compatible with the standard size of the posters. While many of the illustrations have some information about the movie, I also felt that this was another weak point of the book. Considering all the online sources that exist for information about movies, I expected that each poster would list the year the movie was made, the title of the movie, and the stars which were in the movie. I also was looking for some back story on at least some of the movies that were being honored. Unfortunately, in terms of information, this book did not provide much.
As a collector of every Hercules and Gladiator movie i can find,i was thrilled to find out there were actual posters to go with the movies.This book really delivers the goods with hundreds of posters.this being said the book could have been so much better.there are posters overlapping destroying the total artwork when they didn't have to.ALso on foreign posters he gives the foreign translation in english but not what the movie was know as in America.i'd like to know what movies i am missing.Despite these big flaws it is the best Hercules-gladiator poster book available.
Who could ask for more? This book is a stunning achievement and a must for any collector or fan of Gladiator movie posters that were produced during the period of 1959-1965. Chapman had his work cut out for him in gathering this comprehensive collection, and he did a terrific job. These color posters are from around the world and feature complete descriptions and author's commentary about each poster that is quite fascinating. Who can forget "Hercules" Steve Reeves, the first to debut in a gladiator movie, in his skimpy loincloth, his muscles rippling, and the frail beautiful women he had to save from the evil tyrants. People all over the world couldn't wait for the next Gladiator movie to be released to their theaters; they were new, sexy, dramatic, erotic, and filled with many different musclemen who followed in Steve Reeve's shoes. This was an era that was fresh and new to everyone who wanted something different and exciting to watch at the movies. They were our heroes, and our fantasy. Take a look at this collection of posters, and re-live history, and remember when Gladiators ruled the earth! Enjoy this collection, I know I did!
I'm a big fan of Peplums and I've been a collector of movie posters (of every kind of film) since I was a kid, so it was a given that I would end up buying Retro Stud. All in all, the book is excellent. Beautiful reproduction and great reference for any movie poster collector. I don't regret buying it.