Thursday, January 17, 2008

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #56 - Phantom of the Paradise

Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Directed by Brian de Palma
Poster Designed by John Alvin and Anthony Goldschmidt
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - USA

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This poster for Brian de Palma's early fantasy rock musical Phantom and the Paradise was housed in the Smithsonian Museum, apparently, and it's not hard to see why. With John Alvin's stunning and original artwork it's impossible to not be transfixed by the jumble of images on show. What does it all mean? I don't know, but I get enough of a hint to make me wanna go out and see it right now.

1 comment:

The Principal Archivist said...

It wasn't "housed in the Smithsonian"; that's a common misunderstanding.

Rather, it (along with dozens of other American posters of all kinds) was selected by the National Collection of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Modern Art to be included in "Images of an Era (1945-1975)," a collection of posters that toured Europe as part of the US Bicentennial under the auspices of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.