50 exceptional film posters: vertigo, 50 grand designs
August 14, 2010, 12:39 am
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“vertigo” directed by alfred hitchcock (1958). poster, title sequence, and story boards: saul bass, graphic artist. born: new york city (1920 – 1996)

saul bass is probably best known for his inventive title sequences. most movie titles prior to 1950 were simply a frame with the name of the movie. saul bass made his sequences dance around to jazzy scores in inventive and colorful ways. many may not realize that title sequences are not directed by the movie’s director. saul bass’s work in the 950’s and 1960’s are some of the best.

he played off his title sequence for alfred hitchcocks “vertigo” by keeping the op-art concentric circles and having jimmy stewart and kim novak’s stylized figures falling into an endless vortex. this poster goes for around 3 grand today!


50 exceptional movie posters
July 16, 2010, 9:10 pm
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“memento” movie poster, 2000. designer: unknown

as with most film posters, the poor designer gets little or no credit. that is the case with this american poster for christopher nolan’s “memento”. what makes this poster different from your run of the mill american film poster is that it is not centered on the page. the polaroid pictures receding into each other are a perfect metaphor for the plot of the film. very clever.

50 exceptional movie posters
July 14, 2010, 3:19 am
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“chinatown” movie poster, 1974 designer: richard amsel, born: philadelphia, pennsylvania (1947-1985)

richard amsel, is probably best known for his record cover designs for the first two bette midler albums (“the divine miss m”, and “bette midler”) along with other more mundane movie poster designs for “raiders of the lost ark” and “the sting”. his moody take on “chinatown” hit the nail on the head as he captured the feel of the film with masterful perfection.