Vintage Porn Posters

Ich hatte hier vor 6 Jahren schonmal ein paar sehr ausgiebige Galerien mit alten Porno-Postern verlinkt, aber natürlich sind die Links mittlerweile alle tot.

Dafür gibt's jetzt eine neue, erweiterte Auflage des Buchs X-rated Adult Movie Posters Of The 1960s And 1970s mit jeder Menge mehr Porno. Der Guardian hat 'ne Galerie zum Durchscrollen, Creative Review hat mehr zum Buch und weil Porno packe ich einfach noch die Porno-Sammlung der Film Art Gallery.

Over 350 images are included for films with such lurid titles as Appetites and Sex Odyssey. The art direction was in a similar vein – as Peter Doggett says in his excellent introduction, when it came to adult movie posters “subtlety was rarely on the artists’ agenda”.

The introduction, and the posters themselves, walk the reader through the changing nature of the adult cinema industry as it became more hardcore, but also more mainstream. Doggett, for example, cites one ‘blue’ cinema in Philadelphia which “delighted in filling the pages of the local newspaper” with its ads for movies promising to reveal “the real sordid world of the hippies”.

“For connoisseurs of the film poster, porn cinema offers an alternative history of the 1960s and 1970s,” Doggett claims. Though, as Doggett says, these posters’ frequently crass design “required no decoding” he goes on to point out that, nevertheless, there were times when the adult film poster reflected the graphic trends of the time. The influence of Saul Bass, Warhol and comic art can all be seen here, as can the use of pastiche and the send-ups of mainstream movies that have long been a staple of the porn industry.