Sunday, April 29, 2012

Evolution of a movie poster

Newcomer William Holden was fortunate enough to team with established star Barbara Stanwyck in 1939's Golden Boy. Stanwyck is one of the greats who never won an Oscar but absolutely should have. Most of the posters are fairly artsy, with design riffs on a still from the film (including the soft-focus foreign one). The cover for the DVD version, in contrast, makes the two stars look "modern" and airbrushed.
Stanwyck could be tremendously sympathetic or deliciously bad, and she was definitely the latter in 1944's Double Indemnity, from the book by yesterday's subject, Raymond Chandler. Here's the trailer, which also shows Fred MacMurray shedding his nice guy persona:
Fast forward through the decades to Titanic, which seems to be derided and loved in equal measure. I thought you'd get a kick out of these "peeps" recreations sent into the Washington Post, especially the 3-D one!
 And how about these:
The yellow brick road is paved with peeps ... who knew?


  1. That Ms. Stanwyck and Mr. Robinson did not win Oscars is why that little statuette means less than a tree ornament as a guide to quality. Double Indemnity is one of my favorite films noir. Fred MacMurray's monotone staccato delivery of Chandler's dialogue is the only bruise on an otherwise perfect fruit.

  2. John L. WhitlockMay 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Difficult to imagine that William Holden died in obscurity and had such tragic life. What great promise!