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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USA Movie Poster Artists…

Click on the name or movie poster to learn more about each artist’s most famous posters…

coming to america movie poster drew struzanback-to-the-futuree.t. the extra terrestrial movie poster john alvin

Drew Struzan                    Drew Struzan 2                John Alvin

vertigo2the man with the golden arm poster saul bass

Saul Bass                                    Saul Bass 2       Saul Bass & Elaine Bass

magnum force movie poster bill gold1 magnum force movie poster bill gold2 breakfast at tiffany's poster

Bill Gold                             Bill Gold 2                          Robert McGinnis

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Bob Peak                                            Bob Peak 2

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Richard Amsel                                      Birney Lettick

battlestar_galacticacleopatra movie poster terpningthe taking of pelham one two three poster mort kunstler2

Robert Tanenbaum           Howard Terpning               Mort Künstler

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Jack Davis                         Mort Drucker                   Jack Rickard

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Tom Jung                                            Hildebrandt Brothers

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Frank Frazetta                  Renato Casaro                  Boris Vallejo

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John Solie                         John Berkey                 Frank McCarthy

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Reynold Brown                        Mitchell Hooks

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Milton Glaser                       Paul Rand                     Tomi Ungerer

ziegfeld_folliesgrapes benton2along came jones

Alberto Vargas                Thomas Hart Benton         Norman Rockwell

the_prince_and_the_showgirl movie poster richard avedonday at the races

Richard Avedon                                 Al Hirschfeld

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Steve Frankfurt                   Philip Gips                       Guy Peellaert

astounding she monster poster albert kallischinatown pearsall movie posterfiddler_on_the_roof

Albert Kallis          Jim Pearsall                  Ted Coconis

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Paul Crifo                          Rudy Obrero                    Ron Lesser

stakeoutmoonraker_ver4 poster dan gouzeeused cars movie poster usa

Steven Chorney                 Dan Gouzee                     Huyssen & Huerta

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Phil Roberts                      Morgan Kane                    Rick Meyerowitz

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Mick McGinty                                      Robert Grossman

1941 movie poster david mcmackenfingers movie poster wilson mcleanempire strikes back 10th noble

David McMacken              Wilson McLean                  Larry Noble

travels with my auntsuperman 3 movie poster larry salkup in smoke
Peter Palombi                     Larry Salk                       Scakisbrick

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Alex Katz                           Nagel                             Elaine Hanelock

French Cape Fear!

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Watts Up?

Although not a household name to casual moviegoers, Naomi Watts has made a strong impression in many memorable one-sheets, most notably Akiko Stehrenberger’s beautifully-designed Funny Games!(IMP)

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A Kinder, Gentler Spring Breakers…

This new Spring Breakers poster reminds me of the 90s Big Chill ripoff, Indian Summer.(IMP)

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Hudson Hawn!

Like mother, like daughter — or, if Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson were a tag team wrestling duo, you could call ’em Hudson Hawk Hawn (not to be confused with Raquel Welch-port or Barbie Aniston)! Although neither family members have set the box office on fire recently, their history of romantic comedy movie posters are solid Gold-ie!(IMP)

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Baseball is Back!

MLB’s Opening Day is here!

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Koo Koo For Kinski!

Who’s ready for a Nastassja Kinski comeback? Let’s get Cat People 2 going, baby! Or what about Snake People? Inspired by the famous Richard Avedon poster!

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