Poster designed by Matt Ryan Tobin
With the sudden, and stunning, passing of Tony Scott, I wanted to pay tribute to the innovative director who helmed several of my favorite films. The Hunger, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire, and our featured movie poster(s) of the week, True Romance. Written by Quentin Tarantino, with music by multiple award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, this grisly and gleeful film ranks up in my Top 10 of favorite movies.
Here are seven redesigned movie posters from this terrific film. RIP Tony Scott.
With the highly anticipated “The Dark Knight Rises” opening this week, we felt it only fitting to offer up a REDUX of the many posters already in circulation. This poster, by British artist Shaun Watson, is designed in classic film noir style.
This week, we bring you the original Polish movie poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense thriller, Strangers on a Train. The poster was illustrated by award-winning Polish artist Witold Janowski. The film, based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, earned an Academy Award nomination for its stark cinematography.
See you next week…
Illustrator James Rheem Davis gives the REDUX treatment to Bronx-born director Abel Ferrara‘s rape revenge movie, “Ms. 45” The film, a chilling female version of “Death Wish” (starring tragic actress Zoë Tamerlis Lund), was trashed by critics upon its release in 1981 but has built a cult following over the years.
Ferrara shot the low budget exploitation tale in New York City with many of the scenes shot without any staging or permits. Tamerlis, who also had a role in Ferrara’s 1992 film “Bad Lieutenant” (she also co-wrote the screenplay), was only 17 when the film was made. She went on to write at length about heroin and advocated it for legal recreational use in the USA. She died in Paris at only 37 years old, however, from her heroine and cocaine abuse.
If movies featuring rape and murder (by a stunningly beautiful mute woman wearing a nun’s outfit) doesn’t bother you, this movie still packs a gut punch. The uncut DVD, Blu-ray, digital copy is now available in the US, released by Drafthouse Films.
This week’s movie poster is one of the über-classic films of the 70’s: Sydney Lumet’s “Serpico” starring Al Pacino (who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as whistle-blowing New York City policeman Frank Serpico). The poster was illustrated by artist Jay Shaw.
The story was filmed in New York City. A total of 104 different locations in four of the five boroughs of the city (all except Staten Island) were used. An apartment on Minetta Street in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village was used as Serpico’s residence, though he lived on Perry Street during the events depicted in the film.
This week’s movie poster is a REDUX of David Fincher’s dark comic drama, “Fight Club” illustrated by freelance artist Thodoris Laourdekis. The film, which starred Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, and an unforgettable Brad Pitt, was based on a novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk.
Did You Know? Russell Crowe was considered to play Tyler Durden and actually met with a producer to discuss the part, but it was Brad Pitt who ended up with the role, adding $17.5 million to his bank account in the process. Edward Norton was cast by Fincher because of his performance in The People Vs. Larry Flynt, and took the studio’s offer of $2.5 million. It’s good to be the star, yes?
Reviled by critics upon its release and even temporarily removed from theaters by its distributors over concerns that it glorified gang warfare, the tale of the Coney Island street gang attempting to make it back home after being wrongly accused of murdering the messianic Cyrus (in that opening scene, 1,000 extras were used including many real-life gangs who turned up in their own original costumes), The Warriors now holds an 89% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The entire film was shot on the streets in New York City (with some interior scenes done at Astoria Studios) from sundown to sunrise. Said director Walter Hill: “it was a horrendously tough movie to shoot. We did it almost completely on location, in the streets and subway stations of Manhattan and Brooklyn. And those are nearly impossible situations to control. We also had weather problems – rain when we didn’t want it and none when we did. And, of course, we shot only at night, which is very hard on the cast and crew”.
Hard work pays off.
Martin Scorsese’s gritty gangster film “Mean Streets”  paired an up-and-coming actor named Robert DeNiro with another up-and-comer named Harvey Keitel.
This redesigned movie poster, created by acclaimed German woodcut artist Peter Strausfeld, sold at Christie’s for over $11,000(!) in 2006.