Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Movie Posters: Bordertown

No, this is not an example of my work after I went back in time to the 1930s and designed movie posters for Warner Bros.!

This poster, for the 1937 Bette Davis film Bordertown, is one of my all-time favorite movie one-sheets, and I'm posting it here because I'm currently hard at work on a movie poster for a small, independent horror movie.

I've pulled all my movie poster books off the shelf and have been looking over them
to try and soak up some inspiration. So I thought while I'm in the process of working on the poster, I'd occasionally post some of my all-time favorites, the kind of posters that were and are huge artistic inspirations for me.

The use of color, design, fonts, and character on this poster is to me, nigh-perfect. I love how Ms. Davis disappears into the red stripe, but also breaks those borders and dominates the poster. Paul Muni may be getting top billing, but the poster tells you who's the star.

I've never even seen Bordertown, and I'm pretty sure there's no way it could live up to this poster!

1 comment:

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Movie Posters: Bordertown <--
that's what i was looking for
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