Back during my tirades concerning the recent Academy Awards I mentioned a special appreciation for the poster artwork employed for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables". To my way of thinking (which, when all is said and done, admittedly a dust bunny in the great abandoned high-rise of Life), the poster did everything it was supposed to do: present a image which would entice the viewer into purchasing a ticket for seeing the movie.
Movies are expensive enough propositions as it is, so selling them to the public not only has to be an art, but a science as well. But a good public-relations team can't afford to wander too far from Art. A well-executed public relations campaign can sometimes make all the difference in the world in the quest for box-office success, and finding just the right poster can be nine-tenths of the effort. You want to hook the audience at once, give them a taste of what the film is about, and perhaps present an image which still stick in the mind.
Connoisseurs of movie poster art can be as varied in their tastes as the most ardent visitors to the Louvre, and many opinions are out there considering which are the best. To provide something of an introduction into the field I herein present a list of particularly iconic promotional film art: