For the geeks: The Django Unchained locandina style poster

When Italian designer Federico Mancosu circled some Django Unchained fan art on the internet earlier this year, little did he know whose eyes were positively peeled looking at them. Long story short, the poster artwork for Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino‘s latest epic masterpiece (hitting theaters in the U.S. this December the 25th, in a widescreen Santa bag), is based on Federico’s work, making thim famous all over italy. But Federico, cinema-savvy as he is, had something else up his sleeve.

In the 60s, the high time for the spaghetti western, an over-used movie poster format, 13×28 inches, know as the ‘locandina‘ was prevalent. So Federico made a funny Django Unchained poster, in the Italian “Locandina” 60s style. It bears the signature characteristics of spaghetti western locandinas of that time (click here to compare it to a locandina for Corbucci’s 1966 Django), and bears the title “Django Scatenato” as the movie would have been called had it been of Italian making in the 60s, one of many Django movies.

Thanks to Federico for sending me an actual print of this, which now graces my living room wall, and I know he also sent one to somebody else :)

by Federico Mancosu


I made this poster last June, but I make it public only today, first I wanted to send a copy to Quentin Tarantino, and this has happened only few days ago. The artwork was created with the intention to developing a poster with the style of the typical Italian sixties posters, and exactly those printed with the size of 33×71 cm (13×28 in), in Italy we call this kind of poster “locandina”; their promotional use was to be displayed in the halls of Italian cinemas. The structure, the lettering and the type of colors, recall the original poster of Sergio Corbuccis “Django”, released in 1966. To make the artwork as close as possible at the time, I put the “Columbia Pictures” old logo and all the various warnings and notes from the company that supposedly printed and distributed the poster. Of course, for coherence, the subject of the poster was represented with a painting style (see below the details picture).

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Sebastian is the founder and owner of the Tarantino Archives and has been a fan and observer of QT for over two decades now, cherishing his work and the window in the the wider world of cinema his movies have opened up. Inspired as such, he runs the Spaghetti Western Database (SWDb), the Grindhouse Cinema Database (GCDb), Furious Cinema, its German sister Nischenkino and The Robert Rodriguez Archives. He lives in Berlin.

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4 Responses

  1. Peter Roberts says:

    beautiful artwork federico!

  2. Augusto says:

    Who is the girls with mask and “ax” on the candyland cabin?