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A Century of Movie Posters: From Silent to Art House [Hardcover]

Emily King
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Sep 2003
Film buffs, graphic designers, and art students will relish this beautifully produced and strikingly illustrated volume. Arranged in roughly chronological order, it brings together movie posters from around the world, starting with Charlie Chaplin film ads and the Russian Revolutionary movie posters of the 1910s, then spanning the century to show posters publicizing hits of the 1990s, including "The Silence of the Lambs," Spike Lee films, and many more. The bookas sections focus on renowned individual designers, directors, movies, and genres. Important poster designers such as Saul Bass, Jan Lenica, and Juan Gatti receive particular attention, as do great directors who had strong opinions about how their films should be represented. Among the latter are Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Luc Godard, and Otto Preminger. All major film genres are representedamusicals, Kung Fu movies, "films noir," westerns (including so-called aspaghetti westernsa filmed in Italy), science fiction classics, and others. Readers are treated to examples of movie posters not only from the United States, Britain, and France, but also to previously unpublished examples from countries as diverse as Poland, China, and Cuba. For instance, fans of Orson Welles might be surprised to see the previously unpublished Italian poster advertising "Citizen Kane" under its Italian title, "Quarto Potere (The Fourth Estate)." This handsome volume will be valued by graphic designers, poster collectors, and anyone sharing the popular passion for cinema.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; New title edition (Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764155997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764155994
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 21.5 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 30 Nov 2011
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This book was quite disappointing after the description that was given. I was looking for a good picture source book and this is not it. It has sat on our bookshelf for the last year and it will soon be on it's way to the charity shop for someone else to delight in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Covers movie poster art from silent to art house works 6 Jun 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Emily King's Century Of Movie Posters, in contrast, covers movie poster art from silent to art house works, following the development of the movie poster as an art form from its roots in the 1900s to modern times. A chronological arrangement in Century Of Movie Posters examines four key areas of cinema history and highlights the most influential posters and designers of their times. Packed with color photos throughout, this is eye candy at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Priceless Collection of Movie Posters 8 Feb 2014
By Ben J Korgen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a collection of poster art examples that avoids attempting a "best of the best" theme, but rather tries to be representative of both the history of poster art and the history of the movies. I know of nothing comparable and think it would be a great purchase for artists, art students, cinematic historians and lovers of movies and poster art in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what is says it is 10 Jan 2014
By Marc B. Blake - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to study the "artwork" on movie posters. I bought this book for the pictures. Good quality, lots to see and get inspiration from. I'll bet the narrative is as informative as the visuals… might even read it one day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - decent overview 24 Jan 2010
By Douglas Tricarico - Published on Amazon.com
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Nothing really new for cinephiles, but a nice overview of global poster design. It's not a "best of" compilation but rather more of a sampling of typical designs throughout the decades of cinema. Sprinkled with tidbits of information and notes about design and the poster artists.

When referring to the poster for the movie GUMMO, King does make the mistake of calling Xenia, Ohio, a "fictional" town. I'm sure the residents of Xenia would be surprised to hear they're imaginary. Minor quibbles like this aside, it's a pretty good book.
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