Original French Poster as featured in
100 MOVIE POSTERS: The Essential Collection
Artist Pierre Pigeot’s French poster for Casablanca is a beautiful piece and by far my favourite poster on the film. Bergman’s oversized profile and the lines of smoke which streak across the poster, depicted in warm hues of pink and orange, are an unusual and striking design choice. It is a great example of the artistic freedom afforded to European artists during this period.
The ambiguity of the film’s outcome is also conveyed in the decision to depict the film’s chess scene.
As a French poster designer, Pigeot was very active during the 1930s and 1940s and he mainly worked on Warner Bros studio releases.
This poster for Casablanca is one of his most famous works.
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