14 Awesome Old Movie Posters
These movie posters are just like a fine wine...

Sara Barnes

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The movie poster is something that’s a cultural icon. We remember both the good ones and the bad ones, and some people even collect them.

Film is a powerful form of expression, so it’s only fitting that its print collateral should be impactful as well.

The following posters are well-designed and in a vintage style. Some themselves are old, while others just look that way.


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buzzfeed.com


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weheartit.com


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So what makes a great poster? I think it’s boiling the movie down to its essence and putting it in an abbreviated form. A lot of what you see here is of a mid-century, modern style: bold colors, shapes and dynamic compositions.

Others feature fully-fully rendered characters from the film, but even then, the design goes beyond just photographed or painted faces. There’s another element, a little extra oomph, such as the knotted film strip of “Sunset Boulevard.”

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Sara Barnes
Sara Barnes
Sara Barnes is a creative person living in Baltimore, Md. She loves embroidery, collaboration and the Web. For the past three and a half years, she's maintained the blog Brown Paper Bag. Updated daily, she shares textiles, illustration, design, products and more. In addition to blogging, she also enjoys collaborating with people everywhere, planning like Sampler, a love letter to contemporary embroidery, and the Collage Scrap Exchange, which pairs collage artists around the world. Follow her on Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr.

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