Monday, October 10, 2005


Movie Posters by Norman Rockwell

As a dedicated fan of Norman Rockwell's work, some years back, I was surprised to learn that in addition to his now-world famous Saturday Evening Post covers, Rockwell was also occasionally commissioned by Hollywood studios to illustrate a movie poster. I love movie poster art, so, to discover that Rockwell, whose work I also greatly admire, had illustrated movie posters, was a real treat for me. His posters are easy to recognize since he didn't differ his artistic style for these works. Rockwell created six movie posters between 1941 and 1966: The Magnificent Ambersons (1941), Orson Welles' first post Citizen Kane film; The Song of Bernadette (1943), which won Jennifer Jones the Oscar for Best Actresss; Along Came Jones (1945), a western spoof staring Gary Cooper; The Razor's Edge (1946), which was nominated for Best Picture; the Jerry Lewis classic Cinderfella (1960); and the 1966 remake of John Ford's Stagecoach. Each poster proved to be a successful marketing tool and some have even become prized among collectors. (I own a Cinderfella poster.) Movie posters not drawn by Rockwell but clearly influenced by his style of illustration include Funny Farm, The Great Outdoors and the perennial holiday favorite A Christmas Story.

So if Norman Rockwell was around today for what films might he illustrate the movie posters? I think of films like "Because of Winn Dixie" or "The Bridges of Madison County."
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