The Posters of Star Wars

 

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars’s theatrical release, here’s a look back at the space saga’s history through its posters. Also check out this interesting read from Film School Rejects’s William Dass detailing the stories behind some of these iconic pieces of movie art. Continue Reading ›

Pic of the Day: Italian poster for Jacques Tati’s Trafic (1971)

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The Averardo Ciriello-painted Italian advert for 1971’s Trafic, which marked the cinematic adieu of writer/director/star Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot character. Though his career spanned four decades, Tati directed only six feature films – all of which you can find in a single Criterion Collection box set.

Poster via Heritage Auctions.

 

Pic of the Day: The Creature from the Black Lagoon terrorizes Okinawa in this 1950s ad

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A towering Gill-Man coaxes residents of Okinawa into theaters to see Revenge of the Creature (1955). This pic comes from the Facebook group Universal Monsters and More and was posted by David Crouse, whose uncle snapped the photo while stationed in Okinawa in 1957/1958.

Like its predecessor – 1954’s Creature from the Black LagoonRevenge was shot in 3D and director by Jack Arnold (It Came From Outer Space, The Incredible Shrinking Man). The sequel also features the screen debut of Clint Eastwood in a small role as a lab technician.

Check out more Pics of the Day here.

 

Pic of the Day: Italian poster for the cult favorite Trick or Treat (1986)

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A rock star is brought back from the dead when his final album is played backwards in 1986’s Trick or Treat. The horror flick was one of a slew of movies – both high brow (Blue Velvet, Manhunter, Crimes of Hearts) and low (King Kong Lives, The Cat’s Eye, Maximum Overdrive) – shot in North Carolina for Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis before his De Laurentiis Entertainment Group went bankrupt in 1988.

Trick or Treat features early work from legendary cinematographer Robert Elswit (Nightcrawler, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and several films for Paul Thomas Anderson) and an uncredited dialogue polish from Final Destination scribes Glen Morgan and James Wong.

For more Pics of the Day click here. Poster courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Pic of the Day: Mondo poster for Green Room (2016)

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Prints of Oliver Barrett’s new poster for Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room (2015) will be released today by Mondo. The time of the sale will be announced on Mondo’s Twitter feed.

To read more about the making of the film, check out this interview I did with Green Room cinematographer Sean Porter (Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, 20th Century Women) for Filmmaker Magazine.

 

Pic of the day: German poster for Chinatown (1974)

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American artist Richard Amsel, best known for his original Raiders of the Lost Ark poster, crafted this German ad for the release of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974).

Read the third draft of Robert Towne’s Oscar-winning screenplay here. Below, check out Towne’s opening scene between private eye Jack Nicholson and cuckolded husband Burt Young below:

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