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

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DIGITAL JOURNAL.COM
A definitive guide for indie film nerds, this book is a visual treat for anyone keen on design, fine art and finer films. Coffee tables are crying out for this compendium.

ZETA MINOR NEWS
For the price of a couple of DVDs you'll have something that will enrich your life forever! If you have any movie-loving friends, then I m confident that they d love it as a Christmas present!

FILM COMMENT
Whether movie posters are your thing or not, it's a must-have.

DRAWN, THE ILLUSTRATION & CARTOONING BLOG
It's a brilliant look at the international histories of graphic design, illustration, and pop culture during the second half of the 20th century, and I know that I m going to be taking this book off my shelf again and again for inspiration

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811861716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811861717
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.4 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael g on January 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Huge book that tries to cram in every movie poster ever made.
This book is about the "art" of the movie poster. If you are looking
for a great film with bad poster art, it probably will not be in here.
This book is more than a book on movie posters, but a great book on graphic design! Anyone going into advertising or graphic design has to have this book! The only problem I have with the book is it's lack of coverage given to American and Independent film posters. I think there is way to much coverage given to foreign movie posters. Having said this, you will find that the foreign poster art really is amazing and gives the film a whole diffrent "feel" than the Americian poster art that we are used to. All in all, you will find poster designs for movies that you have never seen before. Last, but not least, the book is an excellent refrence/shopping guide to the wonderful world of movie posters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitney VINE VOICE on November 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book weighs nearly 8lbs. and is filled with 1,500 different film posters arranged by country or region. It's a wonderful collection, well put-together with a keen eye on what is included. More than just a collection of posters, the book also has spotlights on iconic poster artists (Saul Bass of course!), and examinations of multiple posters from different countries for one film.

I was so taken by the book that I got in the spirit and ordered a poster as a Christmas present. It's a relatively affordable way to get into collecting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By anubia on February 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book with movie posters and poster artists from around the world. It also contains spreads of differing approaches to the same film by various countries. It gets one less star only because the pages are very thin, which makes them more susceptible to tearing than other art/poster books. A slightly heavier paper stock would have made it less delicate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gam on February 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
So there I was in the snobbish bookstore in Mexico City (yellow and purple logo) looking around the new releases before going into the search of the book I was really into to buy (that by the way was not in stock) when I stopped in front of a huge book standing in the art section, I noticed in the front cover the poster one of my favorite movies of all time "Solaris" and next to it one of the most eye-catching poster for the film "Blow-Up", looking closer I saw a poster for "The Seventh Seal", "La Dolce Vita", etc. I could not resist grabbing the sample book and opening it to take a look to a few pages just to quickly discover it must be a definite purchased item.

Any film lover, who by the way should have the eye to appreciate any type of art, must have this book, 1,000+ posters are inside, along with all the proper info, divided by country; comparing film posters like for example "Apocalypse Now", "Psycho", "Star Wars"; giving a brief but very useful designer information liken Saul Bass, Zdenék Ziegler, Peter Strausfeld, etc.

This book deserves a 10 star rating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Boynton on May 17, 2013
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peabody on August 30, 2010
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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.
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By J. Merritt on January 16, 2014
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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.
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