By Tony Nourmand
Introduced by Christopher Frayling
Published 30 July 2013
Tony Nourmand is a world authority and lifelong lover of vintage movie posters. In assembling this definitive volume, Nourmand creates an arresting insight into a century of global imagery that continues to intrigue, fascinate and inspire the imaginations of moviegoers around the world. In 100 Movie Posters: The Essential Collection, Nourmand has selected not just the best or most famous images nor the rarest or most expensive but an eclectic group of the most aesthetically powerful and unusual examples of the genre. This extraordinary book explains the cult of the ‘movie poster’ and why much of the world fell in love with this art form. The book is introduced by leading cultural historian Christopher Frayling, who notes that ‘Nourmand has the eye, the persistence, the enthusiasm and the experience to select a ‘hundred best’ that actually means something.’
With detailed commentary accompanying each poster, Nourmand explores 100 years of cinematic history, from early silent masterpieces through the dark noir visions of the 1940s, towards the psychedelic imagery of experimental art-house films of the 1960s and onwards to the gritty promise of violence and retribution of the 1970s and 1980s. Notably, each entry carefully represents its place in movie history whilst interweaving the common thread of immediacy, accessibility and the essence of the film it portrays to epitomise the most effective examples of the art form.
Encompassing the minimalist modes of Saul Bass, the Swiss style of Paul Rand and the dynamic and continually evolving approach of the incomparable Bill Gold, this elegant edition explores the works of numerous pioneers who blazed the trail between art and advertising to bring this previously ignored aesthetic the recognition and respect it deserves. These are visionaries who created the distinctive images revered to this day as stand-alone works of art.
Within this beautifully produced volume Nourmand celebrates the breadth of the genre from the most expensive poster of any kind ever sold (that of Metropolis, which fetched $690,000 in a sale brokered by Nourmand in 2005), to rare and personally affecting works such as Milan Grygar’s pop art poster for Blow-Up which was used for the Czechoslovakian release. Classic posters such as The Man with the Golden Arm, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Goldfinger sit alongside extraordinary artwork from some of the most iconic films of all time including alternative works for Kubrick’s The Shining, Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men and Hitchcock’s The Birds.
100 Movie Posters: The Essential Collection features beautiful and diverse imagery from around the world, reproduced in the magnificent quality that is a hallmark of R|A|P’s best-selling publications.
192pp, over 100 colour and b/w images; HB; 245 x 184 mm / 9.5 x 7 in.
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