Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Classic Film Posters

This site has a great collection of posters of classic films. Here is a selection of classic film noirs.

Poster above via Dave Kehr's blog. I am glad to see Richard Brooks' "In Cold Blood" being selected for preservation. I saw it once on big screen and it was an unforgettable experience. Gripping and actually quite frightening. Surprisingly it is not very well known, even after the success of the recent films about Truman Capote.


Szerelem said...

It's good to have you back and posting! That poster for some reason made me think ofthe hindi fil Johny Gaddar. The mind works in weird ways.

Also - happy 2009!! I was appaled that you said you haven't read enought this year. My reading has literally gone to zilch these days.

Alok said...

Not weird really. Johnny Gaddar's title was actually a homage to this film. The guy who made it, Sriram Raghavan, is quite a film buff.

Kubla Khan said...

I wish you a happy year ahead even though these are only words.

i wanted to write a post on books read this year but they haven't taught me anything and does it matter?

take care

puccinio said...

''In Cold Blood'' is highly regarded among film buffs. It's black and white cinematography by the recently departed Conrad Hall was highly influential. The famous bit with him standing by the window and rain drops on window-panes reflecting on his eyes(bsically the images crying for him) is highly cited.

Good list from this year's NFR. Now maybe ''Johnny Guitar'' can finally come on DVD in America(but it's out in Spain and France). Great to see Vidor, Stroheim also join the fray.

Alok said...

kubla: thanks and same to you. learning might be a little too much to ask but I am sure there must be books which made you think. That itself should be enough, there needn't always be a conclusion to the process of thought :)

puccinio: nice to hear from you after long time. I remember the wonderful B/W cinematography too - not just the contrast and the evocative darkness but also the way it makes wonderful use of real locations. The music score was pretty good too and so was the narrative structure tracing the steps of both killers and victims in parallel until they intersect.