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Film Posters of the 70s: Essential Movies of the Decade from the Reel Poster Gallery Collection

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A book by Tony Nourmand

The editors have compiled a stunning selecti on of the best film posters from around the world - a select ion that encapsulates the spirit of the 70s and reminds us o f the vast and variegated contribution that the decade made to the history of the cinema. … see full wiki

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Author: Tony Nourmand
Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
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Title tells the story

  • Aug 17, 2009
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Title tells the story in this coffee-table collection of movie poster reproductions. The artwork is surprisingly varied and strong in many of the posters; those posters truly stand alone as art. Some of it holds up well, looking as fresh as the day it was posted on the "coming attractions" signboard; others are inextricably linked to their time and place, and probably looked out of date before they were pulled down. Take (please!) "The Poseidon Adventure" or "The Long Goodbye", for example. Examples of the best artwork: "Alien", the young and iconic Jack Nicholson in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," and the timeless poses of John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever" and Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky".

Couple of knocks on the book: There are no essays on either the movies or the posters advertising them, and no explicit organization to the posters, although they seem to be roughly arranged by genre (including some posters for X-rated movies with nudity; take care if your coffee table is accessible to children). And despite the coffee table size of the book, some of the reproductions are too small to do the artwork justice. The pages saved by printing some of the posters two or three to a page isn't worth the loss in clarity.

Movie buffs who find a copy of this book used or discounted will consider it a great bargain.

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