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Want to find out about movie poster designs that were rejected and missed out on being released? How has black cinema been depicted in movie posters? Movie posters featured at drive-in theatres? Modern movie posters reimagined as a classic of Hollywood’s golden era? Well you have come to the right place, see below for our current blog articles available at The Poster Collector.
A gallery that should comfort any struggling young graphic artist is revealed for the first time today: the ones that got away, rejected original versions of posters for some of the most famous films of recent decades, including Batman, Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and Cool Hand Luke.
Secret agent James Bond, code number 007 with a license to kill, is a British spy and assassin for MI6. Formerly a Commander in the Royal Navy, Bond first appeared in Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel Casino Royale. Fleming drew his inspiration from a variety of sources, including a number of soldiers whom he worked with during World War II. However, evidence seen in Bond’s habits, traits, preferences, vices, and even his physical description suggest the character was most heavily based on Ian Fleming himself.
It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about Sean Connery, Roger Moore or Daniel Craig, James Bond holds has a classic kind of cool that can’t be denied. While he’s been put beside some ingenious gadgets, iconic weapons and classic cars, it’s never been the toys that make the man. If anything, Bond has done more for product placement than it ever did for him. He’s the classic case of women wanting him and men wanting to be him (but also men wanting him and women wanting to be with him). Unless, of course, you’re a megalomaniacal villain.
A fascinating new book charts not only the increasing presence and importance of African Americans in film, but also how they have been portrayed on posters by artists in Hollywood and beyond. John Duke Kisch, who compiled the book from his personal collection of posters, explains the significance of some of the key images.
On 6th June 1933, the first-ever drive-in movie theater, located on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey opened. The cost was 25 cents per car and 25 cents per person, with no group paying more than one dollar. A drive-in theater (or as more commonly known in the UK, drive-in cinema) were incredibly popular in the USA between 1940s and the 1970s. Their peak popularity came in the late 1950s and early 1960s, particularly in rural areas, with some 5,000 theaters across the US.
When he was studying film at college, Peter Stults (left), an Illustrator and Designer from New York, used to come up with imaginary movie ideas and turn them into movie posters using a mix of Photoshop and collage.
Robert McGinnis, at age 91, may not be a household name, but his book covers, movie posters, and “McGinnis Girl” femme fatales sure are. Meet the man behind some of history’s most iconic movie posters, From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to James Bond.
Before TV and radio, the main way of reaching the public was with large, eye-catching posters. Theatre, silent film and opera would be advertised with colourful images fixed to walls or fences. Most have been lost or destroyed, but Los Angeles art gallery Century Guild has a collection of peculiar and macabre prints from Germany, Austria, France and Italy dating back to the 1880s.
Jaap Best and his wife founded the Jaap Best Circus Archive Foundation. He had devoted his life to collecting vintage circus posters from across Europe and although he gave very little access to his collection during his lifetime, he intended it to be enjoyed by all after his death. Following his death in 2002, the Jaap Best Circus Archive Foundation bequeathed his 8,000 posters, 7,000 photos and picture postcards; hundreds of books, magazines and prints; thousands of circus programmes and newspaper cuttings; and special circus memorabilia to the Teylers Museum in Haarlem.
Madame Tussauds in London have for the first time put the wax figures of all six James Bonds, with five completely new wax 007s joining the existing figure of Daniel Craig. To coincide with the release of Spectre in 2015, Madame Tussauds put the complete line-up of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig together for a period of six week prior to them embarking on a tour of Madame Tussauds locations worldwide.
Drew Struzan is movie poster artist known for his work on more than 150 movie posters. He has created some of the most iconic movie posters of the last 30 years, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Blade Runner. George Lucas has dubbed him “the only collectible artist since World War II”, Steven Spielberg said that he is my “favourite movie artist” and The Boston Globe described his as “the last of the great poster artists”.
After the NSS ceased most of its movie posters which they had stored in warehouses around the US and UK, ended up in the hands of private collectors and dealers. Today there is a thriving collectables market in movie posters and some have become very valuable. The very first auction by a major auction house that consisted solely of movie posters occurred on 11th December 1990, when an auction of 271 vintage movie posters by Bruce Hershenson (emovieposter.com) sold at Christie’s for $935,000.
As movies transitioned from simple moving pictures to a storytelling medium, their popularity drastically increased throughout the U.S. and Europe. As a result, they soon required advertising to alert people when and where they would be shown. Films were shown at amusement parks, fairs, and music halls, and eventually in specially established makeshift theatres called nickelodeons. During this time, the standard poster designs and sizes were simply borrowed from vaudeville stock posters.
Film posters are a powerful visual element which promotes a film’s themes and narrative. Film posters over a long period of time were a significant part of the film industry, vital for advertising purposes. Before digital media, film posters were important in circulating a film star’s persona and embodying a film’s cult status. The use of Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe, major film stars in their day, are prime examples of how film posters reflect star power. Cult films like Scarface and Night of the Living Dead with their dedicated followings seek out film posters as a way of owning part of their passion. However, film posters seem to have become obsolete in today’s digital world.
In celebration of movie poster design, I have assembled my favourite movie posters through the decades. The journey through the ages covers from the first movie poster known, L’Arroseur Arrosé right up to the present day. I have not included any Mondo or other fan created posters, only movie posters that have been released by the studios are accepted. I think these are the best movie posters of the decades and have demonstrated a different style or perspective than the ‘norm’ to advertise the movie. They are clever, daring, unforgettable and sometimes just plain risqué, as in the case of Felt from 2015, however, a great poster does not always translate into a great movie.