L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hollywood in France - classic film posters by Roger Soubie

The Shining Hour, 1938. (detail)

Roger Soubie (14 Cambrai - 10 Saint-Gaudens), French artist and graphic designer. He began his career by creating advertising posters for rail and transport companies, car manufacturers, and for regional tourism. He also designed magazine covers. And from the beginning of the 1930s until his retirement in 1966, he was responsible for creating nearly two thousand movie posters. Among these were the French titles of many of classic Hollywood's greatest films. 

Surrounded by all these wonderful images, I can't help but think of someone who knows and treasures many of these very films, who is a gifted and award-winning graphic artist herself, and whose birthday just happens to also fall on the fourteenth of June. Hmm? Who would that be, you ask? Well, that would be none other than my amazing wife, Gigi Little. 

(A few of the posters included here were designed for the re-issue of the film in question rather than its first French release.) 

Morocco, 1930.
The Sign of the Cross, 1932/1947.
Shanghai Express, 1932.
The Thin Man, 1934.
Tarzan and His Mate, 1934.
Mutiny on the Bounty, 1935.
Camille, 1936.
Camille, 1936.
Desire, 1936.
Conquest (aka Marie Walewska), 1937.
The Shining Hour, 1938.
Gone With the Wind (duh), 1939.
North West Mounted Police, 1940.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1941.
Tarzan's Secret Treasure, 1941.
The Glass Key, 1942.
Double Indemnity, 1944.
Notorious, 1946.
The Blue Dahlia, 1946.
Song of The Thin Man, 1947.
Rope, 1948.
Under Capricorn, 1949.
Sunset Boulevard, 1950.
An American in Paris, 1951/1960s.
A Place in the Sun, 1951.
Ace in the Hole, 1951.
Deadline – U.S.A., 1952.
Ivanhoe, 1952.
Rancho Notorious, 1952.
Roman Holiday, 1953.
Rhapsody, 1954.
Sabrina, 1954.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, 1956.
Forbidden Planet, 1956.
Meet Me in Las Vegas, 1956.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958.
 North by Northwest, 1959.
The Misfits, 1961.
Lolita, 1962.


  1. Wonderful, Stephen! It's like viewing the past through a different lens. And what fun seeing the "traductions" of American movie titles---or more specifically, the re-naming of those films. This post made my Sunday.