Mascarade d'Amour (Doña Francisquita)

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Mascarade d'Amour

Mascarade d’Amour (Doña Francisquita)


Poster dimensions: 120 x 160 cm (47.2” x 62.9”)

Illustrator: C. Parnas


Mascarade d'Amour

Mascarade d'Amour


Vibrant French grande movie poster for the 1952 Spanish film Doña Francisquita starring an Argentine icon and directed by an award-winning Hungarian filmmaker.


Mascarade d’Amour is the French name for a comedic movie based on Doña Francisquita, one of the best-known examples of zarzuela or Spanish operetta. Doña Francisquita’s music, by composer Amadeo Vives, has been popularized by world-renown opera singers from Spain including tenor Plácido Domingo.


Bursting with color and brimming with rich visual content, this poster depicts the love triangle that is central to the plot: the silver-haired Doña Francisquita (played by the legendary Argentine actress Mirtha Legrand) peering through the corners of her eyes at the object of her affection, the pencil-mustached Fernando (), who in turn only has eyes for the young, beautiful and flirtatious Aurora (Emma Penella) [whose image dominates the lower right quadrant of the poster]. The fourth protagonist is Fernando’s friend Cardona (Antonio Casal) [center right in the tri-corner skull-and-crossbones hat], whose efforts to help only complicate matters.


The dimensions of this poster [approximately 120 x 160 cm (47.2 x 62.9 inches)] make it a grande, the most-widely used size in French movie posters. These posters were typically pasted onto walls outside of movie theaters. In terms of total surface area, this poster is only about 10% smaller than an American “3-sheet” movie poster.


Because of their size, the grande posters were shipped folded; this piece shows some light fold stains but is overall in superb condition; it was not used or displayed until purchased by its current owner.


This poster has been de-acidified and is quality conservation framed (museum grade) by Avery Gallery.  Glazed using UF-3 (ultra-violet filtering) acrylic. 


The character Fernando, champagne glass in hand, and Francisquita, holding her masquerade stick mask, are surrounded by a swirling ballroom dance scene [in yellow], reminiscent of the lavish party that opens the opera La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi -- with its famous drinking song, Libiamo ne' lieti calici.


Arrayed above and around Fernando and Francisquita are a series of picturesque stock characters from Italian Commedia Dell'arte and Spanish dance and music, spread across a red then blue backdrop [which resembles a scalloped (raised) stage curtain]. These illustrations, which imbue the poster with a carnival atmosphere, include dancers, the pagliaccio (clown), harlequins, masked revelers, a dancer in a cow/bull mask, women with tambourines and hand fans, a marcher pounding a bass drum, acrobats, a Flamenco-dancing couple, Chinese lanterns, and streamers. 


The intense colors of the poster reflect the vivid palette of the film itself which was made using a proprietary technique called Cinefotocolor, developed in the late 40s by a film lab in Barcelona.


This movie version of Doña Francisquita was directed by Budapest-born Ladislao Vajda (1906-1965) who made films in Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany. His directorial work includes The Man Who Wagged His Tail (1957) with Peter Ustinov. Vajda’s films garnered awards at the Cannes and Berlin film festivals, and his Doña Francisquita was in fact exhibited at Cannes – as noted on the poster itself: selectionné pour le festival de CANNES.

Poster/Full Text:




[C. Parnas]

Mascarade d’Amour (Doña Francisquita)





En Couleurs Procédé Cinéfotocolor (réalcolor)

selectionné pour le festival de CANNES


Directeur de la Photographie ANTONIO L. BALLESTEROS

Mise en Scène de LADISLAO VAJDA   Selection LEO LAX   

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