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Science fiction poster art
Nourmand, Tony.
Publication Information:
London : Aurum, [2003]

Physical Description:
192 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PN1995.9.S26 S35 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Of all the movie genres, science fiction has provided poster artists with thereatest imaginative freedom and wildest sources of inspiration, and thertists have responded by creating some of their very best examples of theirork, from the iconic figure of the female robot in Fritz Lang's "Metropolis"o the familiar shapes of R2D2 and C3P0 from "Star Wars".;This collection,tarting with the original 1912 French poster for "Conquest of the Pole",eatures posters for all the sci-fi fans' favourite movies: "2001", "laderunner", "Close Encounters", "The Creature from the Black Lagoon", "orbidden Planet", "Planet of the Apes", "Rollerball" and series such as the "tar Wars", "Star Trek" and "Alien" films, as well as lesser known orong-forgotten works like "Girl in the Moon", "Invaders from Mars" and-feature films featuring Flash Gordon and the 1940s American superheroesuch as Superman and Batman.;Moreover, although many of the films may beamiliar, a fair proportion of the posters will not. For alongside theidely-used British and American posters the editors have juxtaposed the work,

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Here's a book to get strictly for the pictures. Science fiction films span movie history, beginning no later than George Melies' 1902 adaptation of Verne's From the Earth to the Moon0 that ends with the space capsule poking the man in the moon in the eye. Moviemakers have labored hard to produce images as memorable as that one, and if they have frequently failed, the artists who publicize their wares have usually succeeded. The couple hundred posters presented here are stunners, reproduced sharply and in brilliant color from mint- and near-mint-condition prints. But coeditor Nourmand and Alison Aitchison's text, while okay (though it includes two glaring inaccuracies), is haphazardly organized. Instead of proceeding chronologically or presenting the posters by style or nationality, and expanding on the artwork's formal distinctions, Nourmand and Aitchison hop back and forth in time, summarize plots, and barely notice how most of the posters look. Fortunately, they often group posters from thematically similar films together. And the excellent reproductions carry all before them. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Film aficionados won't want to miss Science Fiction Poster Art, edited by Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh, which features dozens of glorious full-color examples of the form. Christopher Frayling supplies an enthusiastic foreword. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Christopher Frayling
Forewordp. 6
The Shape Of Things That Came ...p. 10
The Postersp. 12
Title Indexp. 191
Artist, Designer and Photographer Indexp. 192