Friday, May 30, 2008

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #7 - Downhill Racer

Downhill Racer (1969)
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Poster Designed by Steve Frankfurt
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - USA

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Sometimes movie posters are "brave" in that they don't show the big stars. Sometimes they turn out great, like this one for Michael Ritchie's Downhill Racer, somehow being allowed by the story to not put Robert Redford smack bang in the middle of the poster for everyone to see. Sometimes they turn out bad. This is yet another time when a vast empty space actually works for a poster, instead of just looking like somebody at the design company couldn't be bothered doing their job. The movie is about skiing, so the white actually does serve a purpose, but it also just works with the black and white image above it. That really quite amazing black and white image above it. Isn't that just so sexy? Those eyelashes look deadly though, huh?

My only complaint is the kind of silly font used for the title. Not sure what they were doing there.

1 comment:

qnz#1blogger said...

Less is definetly more in this case. The only complaint I have is viewers from the outside looking in wouldn't get it. If you hadn't said the movie was about skiing, I almost thought it was pointless