post movie posters done in a busy/claustrophobic caricature style from the 70s and 80s

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http://www.americanartarchives.com/davis,j_mad_world1963.jpg

wk, Friday, 25 October 2013 17:09 (six years ago) link

sorry, I missed the '70s/'80s part

wk, Friday, 25 October 2013 17:10 (six years ago) link

The Long Goodbye one is in the tradition of this, I guess, or of Mad magazine: (x-post, speaking of!)

http://images.wikia.com/its-a-mad-mad-mad-mad/images/1/1f/It

Josefa, Friday, 25 October 2013 17:10 (six years ago) link

Double x-post, yikes!

Josefa, Friday, 25 October 2013 17:11 (six years ago) link

Are there any posters in the last 15 years that are a throwback to this style?

obie stompin' moby (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 25 October 2013 17:15 (six years ago) link

machete kills has a poster like this.

sleepingsignal, Friday, 25 October 2013 17:17 (six years ago) link

(in this tradition, that is)

sleepingsignal, Friday, 25 October 2013 17:18 (six years ago) link

Are there any posters in the last 15 years that are a throwback to this style?

― obie stompin' moby (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, October 25, 2013 12:15 PM (1 minute ago)

detroit rock city?

ᶓ͠סּᴥ͠סּᶔ ᶓͼ᷆ₓͼ᷇ᶔ (gr8080), Friday, 25 October 2013 17:18 (six years ago) link

xp no caricatures though nm

sleepingsignal, Friday, 25 October 2013 17:21 (six years ago) link

detroit rock city?

― ᶓ͠סּᴥ͠סּᶔ ᶓͼ᷆ₓͼ᷇ᶔ (gr8080), Friday, October 25, 2013 1:18 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

!!! yes

obie stompin' moby (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 25 October 2013 17:21 (six years ago) link

and Mallrats!

obie stompin' moby (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 25 October 2013 17:21 (six years ago) link

FYI this movie owns:

http://i.imgur.com/DXdVv3Q.jpg

ᶓ͠סּᴥ͠סּᶔ ᶓͼ᷆ₓͼ᷇ᶔ (gr8080), Friday, 25 October 2013 17:23 (six years ago) link

woah japanese take on this style:

http://i.imgur.com/yW1UCNL.jpg

ᶓ͠סּᴥ͠סּᶔ ᶓͼ᷆ₓͼ᷇ᶔ (gr8080), Friday, 25 October 2013 17:27 (six years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/XacS5Ol.jpg

乒乓, Friday, 25 October 2013 17:46 (six years ago) link

pretty much half of all 70's movie posters.

scott seward, Friday, 25 October 2013 17:55 (six years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/3lIx48u.jpg

乒乓, Friday, 25 October 2013 17:59 (six years ago) link

I've never seen that Nashville poster upthread before! Altman's preferred poster artwork ended up on the soundtrack instead:

http://www.interviewmagazine.com/files/2009/08/04/img-nashville_105700420061.jpg

A Made Man In The Mellow Mafia (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 25 October 2013 18:10 (six years ago) link

Every Bond movie of that period to thread...
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/36/Live_and_Let_Die-_UK_cinema_poster.jpg

not a lunch that is hot (snoball), Friday, 25 October 2013 18:15 (six years ago) link

http://www.impawards.com/1978/posters/california_suite.jpg

Josefa, Friday, 25 October 2013 18:16 (six years ago) link

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0c/The_Man_with_the_Golden_Gun_-_UK_cinema_poster.jpg
Wikipedia's alt text:
A man in a dinner jacket holding a pistol is in the centre of the picture. Various scenes and images surround him, including two women in bikinis, a midget with a pistol, a car stunt and explosions. At the bottom right, oversized and pointing towards the man in the dinner jacket, is a golden gun, with a hand holding a bullet, about to load the gun. The top of the picture has the words "ROGER MOORE as JAMES BOND 007". At the bottom are the words "THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN"

not a lunch that is hot (snoball), Friday, 25 October 2013 18:17 (six years ago) link

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lschmxxO8P1r13zreo1_400.jpg

brio, Friday, 25 October 2013 18:17 (six years ago) link

Charltonem Hestonem

brio, Friday, 25 October 2013 18:18 (six years ago) link

http://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/11/MPW-5611

Josefa, Friday, 25 October 2013 18:18 (six years ago) link

or, from Wiki:

"The plot involves kidnapping schemes all involving the same woman except the wrong woman gets taken and the right one runs away with her boyfriend."

Doctor Casino, Friday, 12 June 2020 11:36 (four weeks ago) link

That Garbo Talks one is haunting me.

I don't remember the movie specifically, but that sort of thin-point whimsical caricature was on many a hard-shell VHS box at my local video rental store.

pplains, Friday, 12 June 2020 12:21 (four weeks ago) link

The ultimate proof that I was an indiscriminate movie-crazed child: I watched Garbo Talks when I was 7 or 8 years old because it was on cable (remember nothing about the movie now).

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Friday, 12 June 2020 13:35 (four weeks ago) link

Surprised this connection wasn't mentioned above (from Leonard Maltin's review of Find the Lady:

Candy and Dane played same characters a year earlier in IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME.

Also, the less busy/claustrophobic, but far more horrifying alternate poster for It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516iuE4v71L._AC_.jpg

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Friday, 12 June 2020 13:43 (four weeks ago) link

Breaking the rules, but here's another one in that Garbo vein:

https://i.imgur.com/UyAW23t.jpg

pplains, Friday, 12 June 2020 19:51 (four weeks ago) link

Strong Caldecott Medal vibes on that one and Garbo Talks.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 12 June 2020 19:59 (four weeks ago) link

totally.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 12 June 2020 20:43 (four weeks ago) link

The film was neither a commercial nor critical success when it was originally released, and was disowned by both the staff of Mad magazine and actor Ron Leibman (who, despite his sizable role, had his name completely removed from the credits and promotional material). Besides paying Warner Bros. $30,000 to remove all references to Mad from the film when it was released on home video, Mad's publisher William Gaines issued personal handwritten apologies to every person that wrote the magazine to complain.

visiting, Monday, 15 June 2020 03:35 (three weeks ago) link

I watched AMERICAN GRAFFITI again last week and was slightly surprised to see that its poster was in this loveable style.

I had always thought it was a slightly more serious film!

the pinefox, Monday, 15 June 2020 09:35 (three weeks ago) link

Amazed that Dick Emery and John Candy appeared in the same film.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 15 June 2020 11:41 (three weeks ago) link

Never saw Up the Academy but feel like maybe it had an interesting soundtrack. Believe Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers were on it with "Roadrunner."

Soft Mutation Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 15 June 2020 13:08 (three weeks ago) link

I don't remember Mad Magazine ever doing a parody of it.

pplains, Monday, 15 June 2020 13:11 (three weeks ago) link

There are a couple of playlists:
The sequence on this one looks better:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2wCrZEJv1E8UknlDGRc0DT?si=NVhIBrR0RCaP_88cexTelg
This one has more followers and is a few minutes longer
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0CRdkZ0VAlVXh4PNabsrF2?si=JXJB3DfiR16cQnY6BXJ8kg

Soft Mutation Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 15 June 2020 13:18 (three weeks ago) link

Street Hassle!

Soft Mutation Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 15 June 2020 13:37 (three weeks ago) link

No wonder it flopped at the box office!

Soft Mutation Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 15 June 2020 14:35 (three weeks ago) link

And speaking of Mamie Van Doreen, I kind of dig the faux-Nagel style used for this TV movie she did.

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BZjgwYmVlOGMtMDk3OS00OTY4LWJlMjctNDM5YmUyNzRmZTg3XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTk5MjAyMjM@._V1_.jpg

And guess what?

https://cdn.cinematerial.com/p/297x/eqy6kens/glory-years-finnish-vhs-movie-cover-md.jpg?v=1532607107

Glory Years/Wacky Weekend, 1987

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 19 June 2020 01:19 (three weeks ago) link

had to check what happy hour was about

A chemist experimenting with different formulas stumbles upon an ingredient that, when added to beer, makes it absolutely irresistible. Before he realizes it, an international spy is after him to try to get the formula for himself.

visiting, Friday, 19 June 2020 01:46 (three weeks ago) link

Also: BOOBS

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 19 June 2020 01:48 (three weeks ago) link

I think the Japanese wine is the best of those three but I want to see this lost gem.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Monday, 22 June 2020 22:31 (two weeks ago) link

Starring George Clooney, John Ratzenberger and Jamie Farr, fact fans.

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 00:44 (two weeks ago) link

(also, it is terrible.)

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 00:45 (two weeks ago) link

You could field a Hollywood Squares or Match Game out of that supporting cast!

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 00:55 (two weeks ago) link

Neal Israel's involvement in that movie reminds me of some 80s Mad magazine parody - perhaps their Teen Movies Awards - that joked about the Pat Proft University Of Joke-Writing.

Also, awks:

After being hired by director Amy Heckerling to work on Johnny Dangerously, the two began a relationship and married in July 1984.[1] The couple divorced in 1990 after making Look Who's Talking Too together. Israel believed their daughter, Mollie, was biologically his until a DNA test showed she was the biological daughter of director Harold Ramis.[4][5]

Harold Ramis was a guy who fucks.

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 07:34 (two weeks ago) link

Another Neal Isreal, this may not be quite busy enough for the thread, but it is so in the spirit of it that it deserves a mention nonetheless:

https://image.tmdb.org/t/p/w600_and_h900_bestv2/3LSxYMsuUCzuYqRfvV80qn8vhzZ.jpg

Americathon, 1979

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 18:20 (two weeks ago) link

I think we've had Americathon up before. It falls into the wacky illustration subgenre, usually utilized for anthology/sketch films like Kentucky Fried Movie or Loose Shoes.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 18:41 (two weeks ago) link

Nutcase, starring Boris Johnson

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 19:04 (two weeks ago) link

Americathon also leaning into the American Graffiti neon-sign letterform style.

Have we ever hit on a name for what this style evolved into/was replaced by in the course of the 80s? Thinking of things like Night Shift, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, or Big Trouble in Little China ... more realistic faces, bold outlines around the figures, softer (airbrushed?) gradients... it's a very distinct aesthetic in its own right. Often still claustrophobic, but not necessarily. Maybe easier to build out of separate, Colorform-esque elements that got rearranged and overlapped as part of the design process...?

Doctor Casino, Friday, 26 June 2020 16:30 (two weeks ago) link

Thinking of things like Night Shift, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, or Big Trouble in Little China

could raider of the lost ark started this trend

This is presumably just a case of people imitating Drew Struzan, much as half the pre-1980s examples in the thread are either Jack Davis or people imitating Jack Davis

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Friday, 26 June 2020 23:39 (two weeks ago) link

sure, fair enough --- just interesting to contemplate why struzan's style was sought-after, apart from the obvious thing that he had done the posters for several extremely successful movies.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 28 June 2020 03:00 (one week ago) link

Just spitballing, but the Struzan style better fits the kind of broad lighting / extensive production design / low-grain / colour style of post-Spielberg general audience movies, whereas a lot of these earlier comedies would have been in smaller location buildings with lots of natural light, or cheaper sets, and making more out of the character actor faces they were filled with, rather than spectacle

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Sunday, 28 June 2020 19:53 (one week ago) link

^^ you can totally imagine a Struzan-style poster for It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. In fact, you're doing it right now, aren't you

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Sunday, 28 June 2020 19:55 (one week ago) link

sic, that's interesting! i'm not sure i buy that the movies WERE all that different (i can imagine Night Shift coming out ten years earlier with basically the same locations etc.) but maybe the art helps convey the sense that they ARE.... after you've seen one too many plodding laughless drive-in duds with the old style of posters, you need something to tell you that THIS is fresh, 80s-ready, Spielberg-ish, etc...

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 15:30 (one week ago) link

but maybe the art helps convey the sense that they ARE

yeah, obv not everything changed look immediately, but it became aspirational and fashionable - & if you couldn't afford to make your movie look like that, you might be able to afford a poster that does

time is running out to retweet boing.gif (sic), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 18:24 (one week ago) link

https://img.moviepostershop.com/kiss-my-grits-movie-poster-1982-1020204112.jpg

Kiss My Grits, 1982

visiting, Monday, 6 July 2020 18:18 (five days ago) link


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