Thursday, August 20, 2009

movie poster love, part 2

Since it's Thursday already, and I can't seem to find the opportunity to get back into some sort of blogging routine, I give you movie poster love, part 2. :) I love TCM, but there's something extra special about their Summer Under the Stars tradition, don't you agree?

First up tonight is this fabulous new poster for one of my favorite films, North by Northwest, starring Cary Grant and James Mason - and prominently featuring the latter, since this poster was designed to celebrate his film marathon earlier this month. I blogged rather extensively about this movie a couple of weeks ago, you can read my thoughts here. I just have to say that I love how they abbreviated the title to NXNW, it cracks me up because that would so happen today. I also love the map overlay, it's a nice touch given the territory this movie covers.

I absolutely love and adore Elvis, yes, even a good number of his movies in all of their cheesy glory. Considering my love affair with the "King" started when I was six or seven, I don't understand how I've lived my life to this point without seeing perhaps his most famous film, Jailhouse Rock. This was only his third movie, but I've got to rate it as one of his better flicks. Sure, he's a bit wooden, but the movie hints at some acting potential that was sadly generally not developed later on (the follow up to this film, King Creole, is a notable exception). Anyways, I love how this poster just focues on the very iconic, black and white images of Elvis's jailhouse performance. After all - that image pretty much tells you all you need to know, doesn't it? ;-)

Roman Holiday is a wonderful little movie, but goodness the ending tears me up every time I see it (yummy Gregory Peck...forget all that duty nonsense, Audrey, I'm just sayin'...I would totally understand). I simply adore the bright pink background, and the way it provides such great contrast for the colorized image from the film - it really makes it pop. I love the fun and whimsical feel. My friend Lori & I were discussing the design of some of these posters, and we came to the conclusion that if Roman Holiday was made today, it would be an indie/art house type flick, probably only coming out in "limited release," distributed by Pathe! or Miramax. LOL! It's been ages since I've seen this movie, I need to rewatch it sometime soon - after I gear myself up to have my heart wrenched by the ending. ;-)

The next few days are going to be a little I'll go ahead and say have a marvelous weekend everyone!

1 comment:

Natalie said...

I thought I commented on this and alas I did not. I am wild about that Roman Holiday poster!! I've never seen it before, but I love it. I wish modern posters would skew artsy like that :)