Art Deco

A Good Woman movie poster

A Good Woman movie poster

Recent Surge in Illustrated Movie Posters

Leave it to the film advertising executives to approve a rash of illustrated movie posters in recent months just as we’re spending so much space on Posterwire lamenting the death of the traditional illustrated poster.

“Drawing” on today’s most recent example: the stylized 1930s avant-garde look to the A Good Woman movie poster. It’s hard to resist the vibrant “Fauve” color palette of this Art Deco style painting. The poster reproduces many traits of the Deco movement in it’s artwork, including the sweeping lines and floral motifs. (And for a modern comparison, you need to look no further than A Good Woman official UK website to see a traditional “Big Heads Floating in the Sky” photo composition take on the film’s key art.)

It’s nice to see a movie poster for a 1930s period film that actually uses the look of an art movement from that era — it serves as a reminder how innovative Art Deco posters were at the time. (Unfortunately, as with all things related to film advertising, it’s difficult to find out who created this one-sheet.)

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  1. Scott McMillinJuly 10, 2005 at 5:27 PMReply

    Love it! Thanks for the find. I wouldn’t say it’s totally Deco though, as the ornatmentation is more Art Nouveau. Still a nice mix of both styles — and on a movie poster, no less.

  2. adminJuly 10, 2005 at 5:50 PMReply

    Well, the film (if I’m not mistaken), takes place in the 1930s, which helped point in the Art Deco direction. (Along with the floral patterns.) But since Art Deco evolved from Art Nouveau, I guess both could be made to fit. Art History being my worst subject in college, I don’t doubt your Nouveau read on the poster. ;)

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