Until the early '90s, elaborate hand-drawn posters are the norm. These days, it’s mostly those featuring loud, hodgepodges of photographs of scenes from the movies or its lead characters. It’s exactly why anything outside of that spectrum is always a refreshing sight, guaranteed to make heads turn and take a closer look.
Minimalist posters are among the less utilized ones, especially in mainstream cinema. They’re generally impressive, considering the amount of work and careful consideration that most likely have gone into their creation. At first glance they might not seem like much, but in actuality it’s a reference to a dominant character, theme, place, or attribute in the movie. Just like the ones we’re featuring in this article.
American filmmaker Spike Lee recently did a remake of the 2003 award-winning thriller “Oldboy” by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook. This one here, actually, is the first teaser and not the official poster. The artwork for the poster signifies the number of years the lead character was imprisoned for an unknown reason by himself inside a small room.
“Blue is the Warmest Color” by Abdellatif Kechiche won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. A story of love between two French girls, the movie’s poster is a nod to the signature hairstyle that one of the lead characters sports.
Shane Salerno’s “Salinger” is a feature-length documentary about the renowned American writer who penned the classic, “The Catcher in the Rye”, and that’s all you need to know to get the design of this poster.
You could say that these movie posters epitomize that age old quote, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, sort of.
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