1920s Movie Posters and a Designer’s View

9 Nov

The 1920s brought us movie posters that featured hand-drawn illustrations rather than stills that depicted scenes of the movie and also used fairly traditional type.

1920s postersMetropolis (1927)

The film is considered one of the most influential silent movies and a pioneer work for science fiction. Metropolis is set sometime in the future in the city of Metropolis, a Utopian society where humans are divided into two groups: the thinkers, who make plans but don’t know how anything works, and the workers, who achieve goals that are never their own. Completely separate, neither group is complete, but together they make a whole. One man from the thinker group dares to visit the underground where the workers stay, and is astounded by what he discovers…Metropolis

A Designer’s View:

Kit Peterancz, Senior Graphic Designer, on “Metropolis”

“It came out in 1927 and it breaks so many molds, the film itself and the poster design. It is just epic. They didn’t go with a standard size to create something that visually looms over you. The illustration does this as well, it makes you feel small like the lower class in the movie. One of the main characters, the false Maria, is featured as well at the bottom of the poster. I don’t know if it was intentional or just my interpretation but being centered and at the bottom it gives plays at the fact that she is at the center of the trouble in the movie as well and from the worker class.

I also love the font at the top. It just doesn’t say 1927 to me it says X year in the future. It is harsh, futuristic and clearly gives the feel of the movie.

Overall the portray the feel of the movie very well and while pursuing the futuristic design they also embrace the art-deco style to create a really great piece.”


5 Responses to “1920s Movie Posters and a Designer’s View”

  1. Lia in Brussels November 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Soft spot on Metropolis (the best film ever made, in my view) and the poster art does it justice!

    • meggie3675 November 12, 2013 at 9:22 am #

      I’ll admit I haven’t seen this film! haha but after reading the summary I really want to.

      • Lia in Brussels November 12, 2013 at 9:35 am #

        I watched the last, restored version (2010). The restoration itself is a work of art… go for this one if you can!

      • meggie3675 November 12, 2013 at 9:36 am #

        Ok it’s on my list! haha thanks!

      • Lia in Brussels November 12, 2013 at 9:37 am #


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