You might expect something wilder from the fecund paired imaginations of Alejandro Jodorowsky and the artist known as Moebius. But this striking yet unusually restrained poster for El Topo (courtesy of Film/Art Gallery who provided a second, that’s-more-like-it Italian poster for the film that also made the top 20) was the most popular poster on Movie Poster of the Day over the last three months by a long stretch of desert.
Collecting the posters with the most likes and reblogs yields a particularly attractive and typically diverse collection of art. There are Danish posters for French films, Polish posters for Italian films, Italian posters for Russian films and Russian posters for American films. Plenty of great artists are represented: from the Sternberg Brothers to John Alvin, from Andrzej Onegin-Dabrowski to Georges Kerfyser, from Mac and Moebius to Ferracci. (And somehow two posters designed by yours truly made the grade, which I attribute more to the allure of their subjects than to my own design skills.)
There are classics galore (400 Blows, Solaris, The Long Goodbye, Rebecca, L’eclisse, F for Fake) but there are also some gems for little known films, like the Soviet poster for 60s sci-fi Andromeda Nebula, and the French poster for the sports doc The Olympics in Mexico—two of my favorite recent discoveries, both courtesy of Posteritati.
As always, sad to say, there are the posters that I featured as post-mortem tributes: to Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, Mad magazine cartoonist Jack Davis, and beloved New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham.
There are also four splendid posters for new films: La La Land, The Birth of a Nation, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World and Tale of Tales, proof that there are still great new designs and great new designers out there. Below are the rest of the Top 21 of the past quarter (it’s usually 20 but the last two were in a dead heat), in gently descending order of popularity. Enjoy.
Poster sources are all credited on Movie Poster of the Day; click on the titles above for more information.