Tuesday, June 3, 2008

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #4 - Vertigo

Vertigo (1958)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Poster Designed by Saul Bass
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - USA

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It's actually quite rare for a movie poster designer to create an image that is forever associated with the movie it represents. But with this design for Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, the legendary Saul Bass effectively created an image that is as closely linked to the movie as Hitchcock and San Francisco. Think of Vertigo, you think of James Stewart, you think of the bell tower, you think of the Golden Gate Bridge. You think of Vertigo and you think of Bass's bright neon orange swirling patterns! It casts a spell and acts as an introduction to the rabbit hole that we're about to head into.

On a personal note though, I love the aspect of the two bodies in the centre. Are they dancing, or fighting? Is he pushing her off a ledge or stopping her from it? I just love it.

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