Sometimes a wonderful thing happens once a film is in the can. The marketing department takes over and creates printed materials that, if you’re lucky, accurately reflect the style and content of the picture you’re about to see. And if you’re really lucky, the posters and one sheets of a particular movie transcend mere communication and stand on their own as works of art. Here are twenty-five movie posters from the silent era where message and mode combine to make something extraordinary.
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King Vidor dies at age 88 in Paso Robles, California, 1982. His directorial debut came in 1913 with Hurricane in Galveston, which he followed with various film-related jobs before he made The Turn in the Road (1919) and Peg o’ My Heart (1922). “Men who had never been inside a studio were given directing assignments on pure bluff,” Vidor said of early Hollywood. “They wouldn't have the slightest notion of what a camera could do. Some of these ne'er-do-wells would turn out several pictures before being discovered. By the time busy executives got around to viewing their initial efforts, they would be well into their third film.” A good 38 films into his career, he directed his first huge hit, MGM’s The Big Parade (1925). The Crowd, Show People, and The Patsy (above, with Vidor and Marion Davies) followed in 1928. His first talkie, Hallelujah! (1929), rounds out his body of early successes.