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

Today’s Movie Poster Artists…

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

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Olly Moss                                      Olly Moss Black Widow

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Chris Ware                                    Chris Ware 2

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Dan Clowes                                 Adrian Tomine

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Jason Munn                                   Akiko Stehrenberger    1494-warriors_09

Tyler Stout

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Tim Doyle                                  David O’Daniel

Drinking is the New Black?

As we hurl towards another three-day holiday weekend in the USA, I’ve noticed a buzz trending soon to a theatre near you…(IMP)

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Blood Runs Deep…

…all the way back to the 70s (French Connection)! (IMP)

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Black Rock Friday!

The indie female-driven thriller, Black Rock, washes up at movie theatres this weekend — and I’m digging the new spin on a classic taken by Ignition Print for the one-sheet. Inspired by such designers as Bill Gold (Deliverance), Jason Munn (Treasure Island Music Festival), and Steve Frankfurt (Rosemary’s Baby), this Black Rock poster is solid! (IMP)

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Star Trek Reaches Its Peak?

Call me nostalgic, but I still prefer the 80s Star Trek posters by Bob Peak (top row) over these fancy, blurry, newfangled jobs! (IMP)

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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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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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