Image credit: Century GuildCocaine, a Parisian musical from circa 1920. (Some sources date it as 1923.)
Image credit: Century GuildFrom Dangerous Minds: “‘Opium,’ one of the landmark Weimar-era exploitation films. Poster art by Theo Matejko, 1919.”
Image credit: Century GuildLes Victimes de L’Alcool (The Victims of Alcohol)
Image credit: Century GuildFrom Dangerous Minds: “‘Syphilis: L’Hecatombe’ (“The Mass Slaughter of Syphilis”) by Louis Raemaekers, 1922. Dutch soldiers returning home from the front with “The French Pox” caused a massive spike in STD-related deaths in the years following the war.”
Image credit: Century GuildBeauty and the Beast (Light and Shadow)Walter Schnackenberg
Image credit: Century GuildFrom Dangerous Minds: “The mad monk Rasputin was the subject of a number of silent films following his most peculiar demise; this poster is for a Danish release.”
Image credit: Century GuildTheatre du Grand Guignol de Paris
Image credit: Century GuildTotentanz, released in America as “The Dance of Death”. Circa 1920.In this very early Fritz Lang script, Sascha Guru uses her feminine wiles to lure men to their deaths in a labyrinth beneath the house of her crippled, evil lover.
Image credit: Century GuildAlraune: the original “Bad Seed”! Nature versus nurture.Alraune (German for Mandrake) is a novel by German occult novelist Hanns Heinz Ewers published in 1911; it is also the name of the female lead character. This poster is for the Austrian release of the 1918 German silent film. A contemporary take on the alchemy of the mystical mandrake root. A scientist, Professor Jakob ten Brinken, interested in the laws of heredity, impregnates a prostitute in a laboratory with the semen of a hanged murderer. The prostitute conceives a female child who has no concept of love, whom the professor adopts. The girl, Alraune, suffers from obsessive sexuality and perverse relationships throughout her life. She learns of her unnatural origins and she avenges herself against the professor.