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Picture show : classic movie posters from the TCM Archives
Edwards, Dianna.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
163 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Uniform Title:
TCM archives (Series)
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PN1995.9.P5 E37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
PN1995.9.P5 E37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Turner Classic Movies may be best known for running the timeless films we never tire of watching, but behind the scenes is another treasure few get to see: a vast archive of posters from more than seven decades of movie making, including the remarkable collections of the great studios RKO, MGM, and Warner Bros. Picture Show gathers more than 150 of the most compelling and memorable examples for a scenic tour of Hollywood history and a dazzling compendium of graphic design excellence. From the great dramas such as Casablanca to one of the most distinguished monster movies, King Kong , to the legendary comedy of the Thin Man series, these emblems of another era speak volumes about the evolution of film, design, and popular culture. Throughout, author Dianna Edwards elucidates the historical relevance and touches on the stunning tropes of the posters, peppered with juicy bits of star-powered gossip. Including a number of seldom-seen examples, Picture Show is an introduction to great movies through their treasured posters.

Author Notes

Dianna Edwards is the author of several books on graphic design, including Catalog Design: The Art of Creating Desire. She lives in Atlanta.

Robert Osborne is primetime host of Turner Classic Movies network, columnist-critic for The Hollywood Reporter, and the official biographer of Oscar.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ranging from the stunning to the silly, the vintage movie posters gathered in this illustrated book reek of campy nostalgia. Edwards, a contributor to STEP inside design magazine, calls them "small-scale masterpieces of strategic communication." She's ransacked the Turner Classic Movies archives to come up with a playful bunch of film ads, shown here in full-color matte images, that serve as "an introduction to classic movies presented through the prism of their posters." Among the subjects covered are femmes fatales (e.g., Lana Turner in 1946's The Postman Always Rings Twice and Joan Evans in 1951's On the Loose), "acrimony-in-matrimony" (e.g., Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall in 1957's Designing Woman) and heartbreak and yearning (e.g., Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in 1932's Red Dust). Edwards holds off on making in-depth comments about the posters, letting viewers deduce for themselves the underlying meaning of the suggestive poster for 1952's The Lusty Men. (Nov. 1) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 10
Bad Girlsp. 14
Battle of the Sexesp. 30
Drama Queensp. 44
Fancy Footworkp. 58
Forbidden Fruitp. 76
Forward Marchp. 94
Gunslingersp. 108
Men in Tightsp. 122
Tough Guysp. 134
Weird & Weirderp. 148
Index by Titlep. 164