2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Film Nationality - UK/USA
Poster Nationality - USA (1970 ReRelease)
Using the famous "Starchild" image is both risky and safe, so much so that is possibly the image most representative of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. On the "risky" side it represents nothing about the film's science-fiction mould and doesn't clue you in to what the film is about. "A sci-fi movie about babies? No thanks!" Yet, on the safe side it presents to audiences the familiar and doesn't bombard them with images of acid-trip light parades, mysterious obilisks and whatever other things that movie has going on that I don't pretend to understand.
So, which do I think it is more? I'd say risky - but that it is both, in my eyes, shows how good of a poster it is. That they chose the simple image of a baby shows incredible smarts. The baby represents life. It represents future. It represents the unknown. And, of course, if the life we lead from the moment we're born to the moment we die can be perceived as "the ultimate trip" what else can?