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


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764155997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764155994
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The film noir revival is still booming, so Eddie Muller's glossy Art of Noir [BKL D 15 02] won't immediately yield to this far more comprehensive poster survey in movie buffs' hearts. Graphic design specialist King's album isn't to be sniffed at, though. She presents hundreds of posters essentially chronologically in four chapters: "The Birth of Cinema," "The Rise and Fall of the Studios," "New Wave and Blockbusters," and "The Dawn of the Multiplex." If those titles seem to emphasize commercialism, well, this is advertising art, Bunkie! Each chapter contains, after a brief sketch of relevant film-industry history, two- to four-page subchapters grouping posters by style, director, studio, actor, nationality, or, rarely, poster artist. The color throughout seems true to the source posters, a few of which are faded. King's commentary is always intelligent (if, a few times, factually awry), though movie buffs may differ with her about how well certain posters express their movies' themes. Ray Olson
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"The posters represent a great collection of design styles, whether they ultimately advertised classic movies or more obscure films. The author does a good job of describing the artwork and typography so as to explain the intent of the designers. Her level of knowledge of the subject matter is impressive and reflects considerable research. Overall, a well-written and informative book— but the visual imagery of the poster reproductions steals the show! Summing Up: Highly recommended."


CHOICE, April 2004





"Looking at the evolution of the film industry and the most influential directors, graphic design expert Emily King has gathered some of the most significant and influential movie posters to invade our collective consciousness."


Gotham, November 2003

"King's commentary is always intelligent. … A good resource for studying practical and commercial art."


—Ray Olson, Booklist, November 2003

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 6, 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben J Korgen on February 7, 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc B. Blake on January 10, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Tricarico on January 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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