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Art of the Modern Movie Poster: International Postwar Style and Design Hardcover – Oct 30 2008

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  • Hardcover: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (Oct. 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811861716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811861717
  • Product Dimensions: 34 x 28 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ldnsara on Jan. 20 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Graphic design at its best, when movie posters weren't just cheap advertisement (and just endlessly re-used templates). "Art" is the right word to describe the design in this book, and the curators have done an excellent job of representing the differences in graphic design around the world (the Polish section was my personal favorite). One of the best books I own, I get giddy every time I browse through it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Could be the definative book on movie posters! Jan. 19 2009
By Michael g - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Huge book that tries to cram in every movie poster ever made.
This book is about the "art" of the movie poster. If you are looking
for a great film with bad poster art, it probably will not be in here.
This book is more than a book on movie posters, but a great book on graphic design! Anyone going into advertising or graphic design has to have this book! The only problem I have with the book is it's lack of coverage given to American and Independent film posters. I think there is way to much coverage given to foreign movie posters. Having said this, you will find that the foreign poster art really is amazing and gives the film a whole diffrent "feel" than the Americian poster art that we are used to. All in all, you will find poster designs for movies that you have never seen before. Last, but not least, the book is an excellent refrence/shopping guide to the wonderful world of movie posters.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Vast, appetizing buffet of classic film art Nov. 24 2008
By A. Whitney - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book weighs nearly 8lbs. and is filled with 1,500 different film posters arranged by country or region. It's a wonderful collection, well put-together with a keen eye on what is included. More than just a collection of posters, the book also has spotlights on iconic poster artists (Saul Bass of course!), and examinations of multiple posters from different countries for one film.

I was so taken by the book that I got in the spirit and ordered a poster as a Christmas present. It's a relatively affordable way to get into collecting.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Poster Book Feb. 14 2009
By anubia - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book with movie posters and poster artists from around the world. It also contains spreads of differing approaches to the same film by various countries. It gets one less star only because the pages are very thin, which makes them more susceptible to tearing than other art/poster books. A slightly heavier paper stock would have made it less delicate.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An index would have helped immensely May 17 2013
By J. Boynton - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's a beautiful book, no doubt, and it's got lots of great reproductions of movie posters. If you just want to flip through and look at the pictures, you'd probably consider this a five-star book. If you want to find anything specific, though, you're out of luck. The book is organized generally by region, by country, and by designer (within specific countries). The table of contents for this 516-page book is very basic. And because there's no index, you can't look up specific film posters by title, director, actor, or year. It's very frustrating.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Packs a punch. Bang for your buck. Aug. 30 2010
By Peabody - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sometimes when you see the 'list price' of items on Amazon they seem a little inflated to make the 'Amazon price' look like more of a value. This listing, however, was telling the truth. This hardback, oversized 500 page coffeetable book could certainly go for $75 in your neighborhood bookstore. I picked mine up used for $19.00 in like-new condition-- making it the best book I've certainly ever purchased for $20.

Most of the posters chosen-- even though they span from post-war era to present-- have a strong 60s feel to the composition and style. The book is packed with images; most of the spreads consist of six 5 inch-ish tall posters to a page, larger 4 posters to a page spreads, occasional 1 huge poster on an entire page and even select horizontal posters spread across 2 pages. The types of posters cover Europe, the Americas, Japan, and a small 'rest of the world' section. The book covers classic movies in film history as well as rare art-house, cult, and B-grade movies.

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