Vera Cruz (1954) movie poster
Vera Cruz (1954), Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster painting portraits
75x 55cm (29,5″x 22″)
acrylic paints on carton
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Vera Cruz (1954) Robert Aldrich, Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster original movie poster artwork: the making of
Vera Cruz is a 1954 American Western film starring legendary screen icons Gary Cooper (High Noon) and Burt Lancaster (Crimson Pirate), and featuring Denise Darcel, Sara Montiel, Cesar Romero, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, George Mcready and Jack Elam. The movie was directed by Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly, The Dirty Dozen, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane) from a story by Borden Chase.
Cooper and Lancaster portray Benjamin Trane and Joe Erin, two daredevil mercenaries who journey to Mexico in search of adventure and cold hard cash during the 1866 revolution. But they get more than they bargained for when the wealthy and beautiful Countess Duvarre (Denise Darcel) hires them to escort her (and a fortune in gold!) to Emperor Maximilian’s (George Mcready) fighting forces in Vera Cruz.
The picture’s amoral characters and cynical attitude toward violence (including a scene where Lancaster’s character threatens to murder child hostages) were considered shocking at the time and influenced future Westerns such as John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven, Richard Brooks’ The Professionals, Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, and the spaghetti western films of Sergio Leone, which often featured supporting cast members from Vera Cruz in similar roles.