By Isabel Beldad. October 1, 2012


How are film posters chosen? Sometimes they are a parallel work of art (I’m thinking of the poster for Almodovar's Law of Desire or any by Iván Zulueta), others become an icon and are engraved in our memory for ever and, if they ask us, we will probably remember them before the plot (who can forget the poster for Pulp Fiction? Or the one –used and misused ad nauseam– for Amélie?). Others are no more than a still from the film, a gesture, a happy ending… Others try to capture the whole plot and every character to avoid getting their fingers burnt (Love Actually, for example).

In addition to their business factor and the selling purpose for which they were thought, film posters also hold aesthetic pleasure, of course. Their art lies in the choice. And the thing is that –as it happens with any other fiction work– one of the thousand charms of cinema is that it can have as many interpretations as spectators. So, why that gesture and not this object? For this question we have a thousand and one answers shaped as posters. Graphic answers, alternatives to the official ones. We present you our favourite 13 posters. If you want more, you can find hundreds on this tumblr, Minimal Movie Posters.

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