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X-Rated Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s

X-Rated Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s, released by Reel Art Press, features over 350 orgasmic posters, pressbooks and stills from the Golden Age of the X-rated movie, an inspiration for graphic designers and creatives alike, an invaluable time-capsule for historians, and an page-turner for everyone else.

The images are accompanied by witty text by author Peter Doggett. He writes: “For connoisseurs of the film poster, porn cinema offers an alternative history of the 1960s and 1970s. Few people ever turned to exploitation movies in search of subtlety: the task of the X-rated graphic artist was to arouse urgent desires that could only be satisfied by a seat in the stalls. Their designs required no decoding.”

More often than not the posters were crudely printed “cut and paste” collages featuring the over-endowed regulars of the B-movie circuit. Scantily-clad forms abound suspended above screaming taglines and provocative titles, like the not-so classic Flesh Gordon, Hot Lunch and Oh! so many more. Very occasionally, this formula was broken: when the soft-core masterpiece Emmanuelle was released in 1974, one of the most respected designers in the business – an original Mad Man Steve Frankfurt was persuaded to work on the poster campaign. Of course, such sophistication was an exception. As Peter writes, “Variations on the same glamour-mag approach women, breasts, buttocks were routine, with pictures and typography that often looked as if it had been thrown at the poster rather than artfully arranged.”



X-Rated Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s
Published by Reel Art Press