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The Art of the Modern Movie Poster: International Postwar Style and Design Hardcover – 1 Nov 2008

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Edition Olms (Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3283011095
  • ISBN-13: 978-3283011093
  • Product Dimensions: 29.1 x 3.7 x 34 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,913,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This stunning and authoritative compendium of 1,500 international, postwar movie posters is a genuine feast for the eyes … makes you want to see the films all over again. --The Independent

Their pick of the latest best coffee-table books. --Harpers --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Graphic designer and author Spencer Drate has created award-winning CD packages for U2 and Lou Reed, among others. Judith Salavetz is a New York-based graphic designer and author. Sam Sarowitz is the owner of Posteritati Gallery in New York. Film critic Dave Kehr has written for the Chicago Tribune and New York Times, among others. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
A beautifully produced, comprehensive selection of some of the most famous, as well as less well-known, film posters from around the world. Organised by country, with occasional sub-sections on particular designers or film-makers, it is an essential buy for any poster fan or collector. My only quibbles would be 1) I'd love to have seen more text, more narrative history of the medium, as well as the fantastic illustrations; 2) it has made my wish-list about four times longer than it was. A terrific book, probably now the best overview on the market.
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This is a superb book for anyone interested in classic films from around the world, and the imaginative artwork that has been developed to accompany and advertise them. It's split into chapters focusing on poster artwork originating from different countries (my favourites are Poland and France), but the artwork in each chapter covers classic films from all over the world. It's really interesting to see the different takes on poster artwork from country to country and some of it is extraordinary. The artwork itself dates from 1945 to present day, but the majority of these posters cover films from the 50's, 60's and 70's. If, like me, you love classic world cinema from these decades, then this is an extremely worthy and lovely book to own - impress your friends!!
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1,500 pieces of artwork showing the graphic brilliance of dozens of countries. A fabulous book full of visual wonder. I am keeping this book forever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very valuable resource 17 Jan. 2014
By J. Merritt - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I agree with others here who have suggested that an index would have been very useful in this publication, I'm not going to knock off stars over that. Overall, this is an excellent compilation of movie poster images from around the world, and is one of the few resources I've ever found that discusses specific movie poster artists and the nature of movie poster production in various parts of the world after World War II. Many books on movie posters are from the perspective of collecting; this book is more of a historical and regional examination of the art of movie posters, going well beyond just American movie posters, and in that regard is most welcome. Hopefully, the authors will attempt a similar overview of movie poster art and history up to and including the war.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An index would have helped immensely 18 May 2013
By J. Boynton - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a beautiful book, no doubt, and it's got lots of great reproductions of movie posters. If you just want to flip through and look at the pictures, you'd probably consider this a five-star book. If you want to find anything specific, though, you're out of luck. The book is organized generally by region, by country, and by designer (within specific countries). The table of contents for this 516-page book is very basic. And because there's no index, you can't look up specific film posters by title, director, actor, or year. It's very frustrating.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book. Keep in mind it's about the ART ... 19 May 2015
By mcf888 - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful book. Keep in mind it's about the ART of posters not necessarily about popular movies. The author tries to incorporate a bit of Star Wars and blockbusters etc... but a good portion of the movies you will have never heard of. Thats a good thing really. Lots of wonderful posters in the last 50+ years from all over the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packs a punch. Bang for your buck. 31 Aug. 2010
By Peabody - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes when you see the 'list price' of items on Amazon they seem a little inflated to make the 'Amazon price' look like more of a value. This listing, however, was telling the truth. This hardback, oversized 500 page coffeetable book could certainly go for $75 in your neighborhood bookstore. I picked mine up used for $19.00 in like-new condition-- making it the best book I've certainly ever purchased for $20.

Most of the posters chosen-- even though they span from post-war era to present-- have a strong 60s feel to the composition and style. The book is packed with images; most of the spreads consist of six 5 inch-ish tall posters to a page, larger 4 posters to a page spreads, occasional 1 huge poster on an entire page and even select horizontal posters spread across 2 pages. The types of posters cover Europe, the Americas, Japan, and a small 'rest of the world' section. The book covers classic movies in film history as well as rare art-house, cult, and B-grade movies.
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book 7 Jan. 2013
By Geoffrey A Potter - Published on Amazon.com
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The book itself is a piece of art. It is well made with a solid binding, which is important for a hardback of this size. The book jacket is not the full size of the book but rather a slim ribbon a few inches thick - anther artistic touch in my mind. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys foreign films, film art, illustration or photography.
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