Movie Posters

Darkly Glamorous Posters for the Films of David Lynch

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The aesthetic of David Lynch is far easier to appreciate than to describe. Sure, there’s eeriness spike occasionally by true horror, a retro visual style, a fascination with the bizarre and uncanny. But Lynch is more than the sum of those parts. What’s particularly impressive about Sydney-based designer Jeremy Saunders’ LYNCHED posters is the way they contain both the darkness and the glamor of Lynch’s style. Minimalist in idea but not aesthetic, each focuses on a single object, highlighting the significance of details in the filmmaker’s work. Click through to see the series, which we discovered via BlackBook’s Tumblr, and visit Saunders’ website, where you might consider buying a print.
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Image credit: Saul Bass

Early Saul Bass Poster Sketches for ‘The Shining’

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Designers are often faced with demanding clients, and we can’t think of a bigger perfectionist an artist would be rattled to impress other than Stanley Kubrick. It’s a well-known fact that Kubrick put actors and crew through their paces, often shooting dozens of takes for just one scene. It looks like Kubrick was no different when it came to the posters for his iconic horror film, The Shining. Famed designer Saul Bass, who created the original poster for the movie, worked with Kubrick to perfect the artwork. The Fox is Black noted: “I’ve read online that Kubrick made Bass go through at least 300 versions of the poster until finally ending on the extremely alien looking version we now know.” The greatest parts about the images are the notes Bass (or Stanley?) made and the fish doodle next to Bass’ signature. Take a closer look in our gallery.
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The 30 Best Movie Posters of 2012

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Before we close another chapter in cinema history, take a look at some of our favorite film posters from 2012. We kept our inner movie critic in check and focused on the retro, minimal, satirical, and striking artwork representing this year’s slate of incredible (and yes, terrible) movies. These designs did what every successful movie poster should: pique our curiosity, grab our attention, invite us to explore the story deeper, and give us great style. Do the best posters of 2012 meet your design-savvy expectations? Check out our selections after the jump.
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Gorgeous Silent Film Posters from Around the World

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As you may have noticed, we love a good movie poster here at Flavorpill, so when we spotted these lovely international posters from the silent film era over at 50 Watts, we just had to share. Unlike most film posters nowadays, these feel like art in and of themselves, whether soft and lushly drawn or stark and evocative, perhaps filling in some of the emotional space that we now fill with sound. We don’t know about you, but they sort of make us want to go on a silent film-watching binge at our next opportunity. Click through to see a few of our favorites, and then be sure to head on over to 50 Watts to see the whole collection.
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The Movie Alphabet: An Amazing Series of Typographic Film Posters

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As you may have noticed, we’re suckers for awesome interpretations of movie posters and typography in all its forms, so we’re positively tickled by Meagan’s Movie Alphabet, an A-to-Z of movies by artist Meagan Hyland, which we spotted over at Explore. We can’t think of a better way to learn our pop culture alphabet (though we admit a few of these would be slightly out of place on kindergarten class walls). Click through to see some of our favorites from the series, and then head on over to Hyland’s website to see the entire collection unfold, and once the alphabet is complete, to purchase prints for yourself.
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20 Amazing Modern Illustrated Movie Posters

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This week, the gorgeous painted poster for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom made the rounds on the internet, getting everyone a little bit more excited for the film’s release. Though the poster isn’t the least bit surprising for a Wes Anderson film, we still thought it was exceptionally lovely, especially for a modern movie poster. Today, most go for flash over beauty, bombarding us with huge celebrity faces, typographic tricks, or slick graphic design. Not that there’s anything wrong with that — there are lots of wonderful posters in that vein. But it’s interesting to note that in the past, almost all movie posters were illustrated by hand, and even as recently as the ’80s, the posters for films like Blade Runner and Raiders of the Lost Ark — the kind of movies that today would warrant more flashy advertisements — sported lovely hand-drawn art. However, the poster for Moonrise Kingdom inspired us to dig up a few more modern movie posters, released over the last few years, that are hand-drawn or illustrated. They’re not all beautiful, exactly, but they’re all refreshing in this age of shiny red text on black backgrounds.
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Beautiful Pre-Code Movie Posters Unconvered in a Pennsylvania Attic

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As you may have noticed, we love old movie posters. There’s something refreshing about the warmth and artistry of vintage film art, particularly when compared to the focus-grouped, Photoshopped, floating-heads nightmares that pass for movie posters today, and that’s why this item from MUBI about “the Berwick discovery” caught our eye. (Yes, it already has a cool-sounding nickname, and it deserves one.)

Here’s the story: 30 or so vintage posters from the “Pre-Code” era (that strangely lenient period of early talking pictures released before the active enforcement of the Motion Picture Code, which stringently censored implications of sexuality, violence, and abject morality) were discovered last fall in an attic in Berwick, Pennsylvania. The posters had been displayed in a local theatre; they had been glued on top of each other as new posters (and films) arrived at the venue, and then the whole stack was — get this—stuffed into the walls of the attic as insulation. And there they remained, until the contents of the house were sold in an estate sale.
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Hilarious Movie Parody Posters Starring the Simpsons

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The Simpsons are among pop culture’s most protean characters; if they weren’t, the show’s writers surely would have run out of story lines over a decade ago. So it’s no surprise that the Internet has taken one of America’s most iconic fictional families and run with it. In the past few months alone, we’ve seen The Simpsons mashed up with Breaking Bad, portraits of the sitcom’s characters as famous works of art, and — most bizarre of all — bizarre photo manipulations that transform celebrities into Simpsons. But we are especially amused by DeviantArt’s Claudia-R, who has created a series of posters that cast Simpsons characters in classic and popular films, from A Clockwork Orange to The Dark Knight. Click through to see ten of our favorites, and visit Claudia’s DeviantArt page for the rest.
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10 Memorable Movie Poster Controversies

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[Editor’s note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we’re revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published August 3, 2011.] As Roger Ebert says, “It’s not what a movie is about, but how it is about it,” so who knows, maybe The Change-Up isn’t going to be an inane R-rated update of a 20-plus-years-stale narrative. (But it sure as hell looks like it.) We can’t say we’re too hopeful, though, particularly considering its numb-skulled print campaign, which high-lariously juxtaposes Jason Bateman’s miserable handling of twin infants with Ryan Reynolds’s delighted groping of twin models. They’re both in white! Which do you want — babies or babes? HAW HAW! (Indiewire’s @erickohn twit-pic’ed a piece of “subway film criticism” that nailed the issue fairly effectively.)

The movie poster is a tricky form, a very specific merging of art and commerce that must sell a product but hopefully also convey the essence of the picture in question. Occasionally, the marketers and artists responsible for them can run afoul — either in the court of public opinion, or in the boardrooms of the MPAA, who not only rate films but control their advertising. After the jump, we’ll take a look at ten movie posters that stirred up some controversy — sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.
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The 30 Best Movie Posters of 2011

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As a brilliant series of collages recently demonstrated, movie posters are prone to cliché. You’ve got your quirky Sundance breakthroughs with their sunny yellow backgrounds, your romantic comedy heroines in their bright red dresses, your freaky horror-movie eye close-up. So it’s always refreshing to see a poster that strays from the norm, whether it be a funny parody, a nostalgic style homage, or a bold still from the movie that piques our curiosity. After the jump, we’ve collected some of our favorite film posters of 2011, from movies both wonderful and terrible.
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