Meansheets Presents The Movie Poster Museum…

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Many art lovers can tell the difference between a Matisse and a Picasso — but if you love movie posters, can you tell a Drew Struzan from a Saul Bass? Or what about a Jack Davis from a Bob Peak? A Robert McGinnis from a Boris Grinsson? A Brini from a Ballester? A Symeoni from a Swierzy? They might not be household names, but these wonderfully talented poster artists from have created some of the most powerful images showcasing the history of cinema.

This is why Meansheets was created. In the posts below, you can click on the artist’s name or the poster to view each artist’s bio and most well-known designs (due to the quirks of WordPress, it might appear scattered on some web browsers).

Also, feel free to browse the CATEGORIES or use the SEARCH BOX (top right) to look up your favorite movie star or director in the archives — and check out the most popular posts in the sidebar on the right. You can also see ‘The Best of Meansheets’ on Tumblr and Pinterest.

And if you’re interested in learning more about the world of movie posters, I would suggest visiting one of the fine websites below…

Movie Poster Collectors/Appreciators:

AllPosterForum
Eatbrie
MoviePosterCollectors (Authentication/Resources)
Movie Poster of the Day
IMP Awards (New Releases)
Film On Paper
F*ckYeah Movie Posters

Movie Poster Dealers:

EMoviePoster
MOPO (sign up to join list-serv for dealers and collectors)
Heritage Auctions
MoviePosterBid
Posteritati
Film Art Gallery
Dominique Besson (French movie posters)
Posteropolis (Facebook Page)
Chisholm Larsson Gallery

Movie Poster Books

The Art of the Modern Movie Poster (Chronicle Books) and Translating Hollywood by Sam Sarowitz of NYC’s Posteritati Gallery

Italian Film Posters – by Dave Kehr

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design – Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham

Stanislas Choko’s Intemporel series of French movie poster books
British Film Posters – by Sim Branaghan

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The Great Gatsby Returns!

On the eve of the high-profile release of The Great Gatsby remake, The New York Times recently discussed how retailers like Barnes & Noble and WalMart were having a classic New School vs. Old School debate on whether to feature the movie tie-in edition (below, left) or the original book cover art (right) for their shelves. (NYT)

Perhaps even design legend, Saul Bass, might’ve been inspired by Gatsby, too, when you look at his 1960s one-sheet for Bonjour Tristesse. And just in case you missed it (or are a loyal Bing fan), Mr. Bass was given the Internet’s highest honor yesterday with a Google Doodle tribute on the search engine king’s main page. (Guardian)

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French Movie Poster of the Day

DominiqueBesson.com brings us this beauty…

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More Horror!

too much horror business the kirk hammett collectionI’m not much of a horror movie fan, but I finally got a chance this weekend to look at Kirk Hammett of Metallica’s movie poster/memorabilia book, Too Much Horror Business — and was mesmerized by his scary pre-1940’s collection.

There’s also a revealing interview with Hammett, in which he details his poster collecting habits and how he has avoided the “celebrity tax” by hiring a fellow collector to do his bidding for him. (AllPosterForum)

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Gone With Le Vent…

Just in case you haven’t set eyes on the delicious movie poster collection of Eatbrie, then check out his latest French take on an American classic — the Thomas Hart Benton-like two-panel for Gone With the Wind by artist, Roger Soubie.

Movie Posters by Metallica

Enter Sandman could easily be the title of a 1940’s horror film — so Metallica fans will be thrilled to see lead guitarist Kirk Hammett’s rockin’ collection of pricey horror movie memorabilia in his new book, Too Much Horror Business…(MOPO)

Ruthless Movie Poster Collectors?

Heritage reports that they sold the 3-sheet for The American Venus for $35k (at last month’s Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction) — a beautiful piece of paper that bears a vague Oscar-like resemblance to the 80’s laffer, Ruthless People.

Metropolis Ripoff?

Although not on the scale of the recent Metropolis poster scandal, even a mid-century master like French poster artist, Roger Soubie (left), can be inspired by the classics…

Green Goblin Guru

Prior to becoming the superhero artist, do you think Marvel-ous Stan Lee was a fan of vintage French wine/liquer posters, such as this classic done by the Italian-born French poster designer, Leonetto Capiello (1875-1942), who was once dubbed “the father of modern advertising”?