For the first time, world vintage movie poster authority, Tony Nourmand, shares his personal selection of the 100 essential movie posters of all time.
For 30 years, Nourmand has been instrumental in redefining twentieth century movie posters as an art form and a valuable collectible. He brings his vast experience and wealth of knowledge to these pages – defining a great or ‘essential’ movie poster as the most effective in terms of design and impact. Sometimes the artwork succeeds despite the film it represents – like the poster for a lost film such as Hollywood (1923) or an unwatchable exploitation flick like Acid – delirio dei sensi (1968). Better yet is when a great design meets a great film – such as the Italian poster for La Dolce Vita (1960) or the American poster for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
100 Movie Posters: The Essential Collection features stunning images from famous designers like Saul Bass, Paul Rand and Bill Gold; renowned photographers like Philippe Halsman, Eddie Adams and George Hurrell; and celebrated artists like Al Hirschfeld, Alberto Vargas and Richard Amsel. It features classic posters like King Kong, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Metropolis, as well as more unusual and lesser-known works from Eastern Europe or the silent-era. The beautiful and diverse imagery from around the world is reproduced in magnificent quality and is accompanied by Nourmand’s fascinating commentary and an insightful introduction by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling.
224pp; Hardback; 100+ colour & b/w illustrations
290 x 245mm / 11.4 x 10 in.