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Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday's Top 5... Posters of the 1970s

#5: Taxi Driver

Here is a man who would not take it anymore. This shot of Travis Bickle standing alone outside his cab perfectly captures the man in the film. He's an isolated loner and you never quite know what he's about to do - he seems capable of just about anything. Brilliant, brilliant poster.

#4: A Clockwork Orange

There's something so sinister about this poster. Maybe it's because there are so many sharp edges to it, or maybe it's because those bubble letters used for "Clockwork Orange" are so jaunty looking and so much of the film is centered on the pleasure of inflicting pain. It really creeps me out.

#3: Jaws

They say that the movie will make you want to avoid the water, but I think the poster accomplishes that all on its own. It's absolutely perfect.

#2: Rocky Horror Picture Show

A true classic. It's so sinisterly sexual and quite possibly more creepy than the posters for Jaws and A Clockwork Orange combined.

#1: Chinatown

I love the old school feel of this poster, particularly the look of the smoke billowing up and the face emerging beneath it. A truly beautiful piece of work.


Candice Frederick said...

great movies. taxi driver is one of my favorites.

The Film Connoisseur said...

Great choices! Hows about the one for Star Wars A New Hope? That classic. I also love the one for American Graffitti.

Lindsay said...

That Jaws poster has haunted my dreams for decades :)