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Manuel Orazi's L'Atlantide (Lost Atlantis) 1921, Part 1

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Manuel Orazi's L'Atlantide (Lost Atlantis) 1921, Part 1

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Dejah Thoris White
Recently on the Art Nouveau Live Journal community there was a brief mention of Manuel Orazi. Lately I've been slightly obsessed with Orazi's work and his ability to combine Secessionist imagery with Art Deco and Nouveau. Many of his images are also powered by the Symbolist movement with a heavy emphasis incorporating occult themes.

In 1920 Orazi was called on to design the sets, costumes, and posters for the film adaptation of Pierre Benoit's novel L'Atlantide. A story of a monstrous Queen Antinea, descendant of the rulers of Atlantis, it was a perfect fit for Orazi's theosophy leanings. Orazi had already had a very distinguished career, which included posters for Sarah Bernhardt’s Theodora, Empress of Byzantium , jewelry and poster designs for the Maison Moderne, and various illustrated books by authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, and Oscar Wilde.

L'Atlantide is a unique opportunity for Orazi's vision to be presented so clearly. Below are just some of the posters used to advertise the film around the world. Tomorrow, in part II, I'll post his amazing costume designs and in part III will discuss his set designs. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you.

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Manuel Orazi
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Colonial cinema and imperial France, 1919-1939
By David Henry Slavin

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