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One Sheet: Infernal Affairs (Wai-keung Lau, 2002)

The philosophical and religious overtones of Infernal Affairs(2002) are captured beautifully in the one-sheet that accompanied the Chinese theatrical release. That the identity of the men silhouetted at the centre is obscured forms a very telling statement about the lonely and troubled characters of Chan Wing-yan (Tony Leung), an undercover cop who infiltrates a triad gang, […]

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One Sheet: The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)

The lonely silhouette of Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow), dwarfed by a beam of light projecting from the upstairs bedroom of the MacNeil home, is an iconic image that has become an integral part of The Exorcist’s identity as a consumer product. Tirelessly reproduced in the film’s subsequent re-releases on DVD and Blu-Ray, and featuring […]

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One Sheet: Moon (Duncan Jones, 2009)

Through the years, science fiction posters and subtlety have not been the best of pairings. Forbidden Planet gave us one of many over-saturated and melodramatic visual spectacles: the eye-catching (if absent from the film) scene of Robbie the Robot kidnapping a scantily-clad woman, and the word ‘AMAZING!’ stamped on top. Star Wars started a trend […]

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One Sheet: Saul Bass, master of simplicity

Few men have influenced graphic design as drastically as Saul Bass, the New York-born artist who was responsible for some of that era’s most iconic movie posters. Nicholas Page takes a look at his most resonant work. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) Dir. Otto Preminger / American One-sheet From the dawn of motion […]

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One Sheet: The Godfather Poster, Re-imagined

To help promote the re-release in cinemas of The Godfather later this month, The Big Picture editor asked a select group of students at the University of the West of England’s celebrated graphic design course to have a crack at re-designing the film poster to connect with a new audience. The simple brief asked students […]