Saturday, May 14, 2011
I have always been amazed that the person who designed the iconic poster for Casablanca also did the poster for Woodstock and Dirty Harry. Bill Gold is not only remarkable for the range of his design style and setting design standards, but for his longevity. His career started with the poster for Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). He went on to do Giant (1956), My Fair Lady (1964), The Sting (1973), Bulitt (1968), Unforgiven (1992), The Big Sleep (1946), The Searchers (1956), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) , All the President's Men (1976) (all of these titles are on the National Film Registry) and many, many more. A complete list can be seen at the following Wikipedia page:
A new book entitled, Bill Gold Posterworks, was recently published by Reel Art Press. It is an impressive piece of publishing (as the price suggests: $650.00). Bill is 90 years old and still going strong. According to The Hollywood Reporter Bill is retired, but would consider consulting on a poster design if the right project comes along. His influence on popular culture cannot be overstated.
Reel Art Press, a British outfit, has other equally amazing titles such as The Rat Pack and the affordable movie star series - Weddings and Movie Stars ($79.95).
Bill Gold: Posterworks at Reel Art Press
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