If you're looking for art to decorate your walls, film posters, old and new, are a good start. Start by picking your favorite movie or television show but don't stop there. One option is to pick the foreign poster. The ones shown here are from well-known movies. Can you guess which ones? The answers, and more about using film posters as art, after the jump...
- Go for a poster from the foreign release of the film: the images used abroad are often different, and more graphic, than the ones used in the States. Plus its fun to watch your guests try and figure out what film it is and how the title is translated into another language.
- Start with the standard size: black metal frames are available inexpensively at places like Aaron Brothers.
- Then try the other sizes: The large version, known as "bus stop size," can be quite dramatic anchoring a living room or used in a bedroom as a headboard (the one in my home is bus stop size). Lobby cards can be hung in multiples.
- Old films are another bet: Posters from many of the more popular films have been re-released. AllPosters is one good resource. Your local frame store may already have a couple of framed movie posters in stock.
- Obscure films and original posters will be more expensive. Many of these are collector's items. If you purchase them from a reputable place, many will have been mounted on canvas to preserve them.
- When buying posters, check if they have been rolled or folded. Many of the older posters were folded; check the folds for signs of wear, tear and fading.
Did you guess correctly?
- Alien (Poland)
- Weekend at Bernie's (Poland)
- Big (Czech Republic)
- The Fly (Poland)
- Planet of the Apes (Poland)
- Down By Law (Poland)
- The Shaggy Dog (Poland)
- The Great Race (Poland)
- Shane (Poland)
- Star Wars (Poland)
- Blade Runner (Poland)
The rest are from Polish Poster with obvious English titles, but just as stylishly impressive
[images via: Cracked.com]