Lot #018

Carlos ‘‘Botong’’ Francisco

Manuel Conde in Vende Cristo Movie Poster
ca.1952
mixed media
10 1/4” x 8 1/2” (26 cm x 22 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 360,000
Provenance Private Collection, Manila
Memorable images from filmdom’s past, vintage movie posters provide a colorful overview of the first century of motion pictures. Competing with Hollywood movies for patronage was a tough test for local movies – Hollywood movies enjoyed huge budgets and saturation advertising. Yet the local movie industry did not only survive the competition, it flourished with great vitality, even recognition abroad.
Carlos “Botong” Francisco was not just a mural painter but also a scriptwriter – of Genghis Khan, Putol na Kampilan, and Tatlong Labuyo, which he designed costumes for different films such as Romeo at Julieta, Prinsipe Tenoso, Ibong Adarna, Sietes Infantes de lara and Juan Tamad series.
Botong Francisco also designed movie posters such as the film Vende Cristo.
In 1952, “Vende Cristo” star Manuel Conde had earned celebrity status when the aforementioned “Genghis Khan”, from 1950, was accepted for screening at the Venice Film festival.Memorable images from filmdom’s past, vintage movie posters provide a colorful overview of the first century of motion pictures. Competing with Hollywood movies for patronage was a tough test for local movies – Hollywood movies enjoyed huge budgets and saturation advertising. Yet the local movie industry did not only survive the competition, it flourished with great vitality, even recognition abroad.
Carlos “Botong” Francisco was not just a mural painter but also a scriptwriter – of Genghis Khan, Putol na Kampilan, and Tatlong Labuyo, which he designed costumes for different films such as Romeo at Julieta, Prinsipe Tenoso, Ibong Adarna, Sietes Infantes de lara and Juan Tamad series.
Botong Francisco also designed movie posters such as the film Vende Cristo.
In 1952, “Vende Cristo” star Manuel Conde had earned celebrity status when the aforementioned “Genghis Khan”, from 1950, was accepted for screening at the Venice Film festival.