Above: UK poster for ENO (Alphons Sinniger, UK, 1973). Designer: Blue Egg.
The most popular poster I’ve posted on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr in the past quarter—with over 1,000 likes and reblogs—has been this rarity that popped up at Posteritati this Spring. A British Double Crown (10" shorter than a one sheet) for a 24 minute documentary about the experimental music genius Brian Eno, made in 1973 at the start of his post-Roxy solo career, the poster’s popularity is no doubt due as much to the reverence Eno is held in as to its graphic design. But it is still a terrific poster, making simple yet brilliant use of two color printing and showcasing a multitude of Enos in all his glam rock glory. The text in the corner credits Blue Egg Printing and Design Ltd. and if anyone knows anything more about that company I’d love to hear about it.
The rest of the top 20 are an eclectic collection of bobby dazzlers, dominated by the series of gorgeous Eastern European Godzilla posters that I posted around the time of the blockbuster reboot earlier this summer. When Eli Wallach passed away last week I was hard pressed at first to find a poster that did him justice (character actors rarely get their close-ups on movie posters) until I came across the glowing artwork by Jean Mascii for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, which captures him wonderfully.
So without further ado, here are the 20 most popular posters, in descending order, posted on Movie Poster of the Day over the past three months.
Above: 1957 Polish poster for GODZILLA (Ishirô Honda, Japan, 1954). Artist: Alicja Laurman-Waszewska (b. 1920).
Above: 1970s French re-release grande for THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (Sergio Leone, Italy, 1966). Artist: Jean Mascii (1926-2003).
Above: 1977 Polish poster for GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (Jun Fukuda, Japan, 1972). Artist: Romuald Socha (b. 1943).
Above: 1956 Czech poster for GODZILLA (Ishirô Honda, Japan, 1954). Artist: František Kardaus (1908-1986).
Above: French grande for VIDEODROME (David Cronenberg, Canada, 1983). Artist: Laurent Melki (b. 1960).
Above: 1967 Czech poster for MY FAIR LADY (George Cukor, USA, 1964). Designer: Zdeněk Kaplan (b. 1940).
Above: Japanese poster for CURSE OF THE DOG GOD (Shunya Ito, Japan, 1977). Designer TBD.
Above: Polish poster for GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER (Yoshimitsu Banno, Japan, 1971). Designer: Zygmunt Bobrowski (b. 1932).
Above: Japanese poster for UGETSU MONOGATARI (Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1953). Artist: Sentaro Iwata (1901-1974).
Above: 1981 Polish poster for SORCERER (William Friedkin, USA, 1977). Designer: Andrzej Pagowski (b. 1953).
Above: Italian 4-foglio for CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (Agnès Varda, France, 1962). Artist TBD.
Above: US one sheet for FRANK (Lenny Abrahamson, UK/Ireland, 2014). Designer: P+A.
Above: 1979 German poster for THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN (William Sachs, USA, 1977). Artist: Klaus Dill (1922-2000).
Above: US one sheet for COHERENCE (James Ward Byrkit, USA, 2014). Designer: Juan Luis Garcia.
Above: Polish poster for RED BEARD (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1965). Design: Stanislaw Zamecznik (1909-1971).
Above: US one sheet for DAY OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero, USA, 1985). Designer TBD.
Above: festival poster for RED ARMY (Gabe Polsky, USA, 2014). Designer: La Boca.
Above: Czech poster for DIRTY DANCING (Emile Ardolino, USA, 1989). Designer: Eva Galová-Vodrážková (b. 1940).
Above: 1920s re-release poster for THE ADVENTURER (Charles Chaplin, USA, 1917). Artist uncredited.
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