I Can Read Movies

spacesick-bladerunnerUtterly smitten with the work of artist-designer-genius Mitch Ansara’s work interpreting movies for his “I Can Read Movies” mock book covers series, I was inspired to research the origin of the aesthetic he both effectively and affectionately captured for his renditions of flicks as diverse as Caddy Shack and Blade Runner. Though the films themselves obviously suggested the content for Ansara’s pop culture meditations, the form seems to derive from two distinct strands of graphical DNA: film title and poster master Saul Bass (noted for his distinctive work for Hitchcock and Kubrick) and Germano Facetti, art director at publishing house Penguin through the 60s and early 70s. Click through the links and compare the paternity tests.

By Daedalus Howell

Daedalus Howell is the writer-director of Pill Head and the upcoming Wolf Story, and author of the novels Quantum Deadline and the Late Projectionist, and the editor of the Bohemian and Pacific Sun. As a writer-filmmaker he creates and examines storytelling as an art, business and lifestyle. If you're in, or interested in the trade, sign up for his newsletter below. Learn how he went from small-town newspaperman to a feature film director here.

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