American classics

We know the United States likes to do things bigger and better than anyone else. So it’s no surprise that US film event the 2010 Rolling Roadshow, run by the Alamo Drafthouse and Levi’s, trumps the Film4 Big Screen at London’s Somerset House – in the sense of scale at least.

The Rolling Roadshow tours the US showing free screenings of classic movies, including The Blues Brothers, There Will Be Blood and Rocky, aired in either the places they were filmed and/or where they were set (pretty cool in my book).

Blues Brothers movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

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Blues Brothers movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

There Will Be Blood movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

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There Will Be Blood movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

Rocky movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

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Rocky movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

The real ace card, however, are the posters designed by artist Olly Moss to advertise the Roadshow. The set of posters uses the same orange, black and white colour palette throughout and incorporates clever use of negative space demonstrated skilfully on the Dirty Harry poster where Clint Eastwood’s face appears in the outline of the gun.

Dirty Harry movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

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Dirty Harry movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

Design Week’s art director, Sam Freeman, certainly thinks they’re incredible.

‘Moss has inventively taken the individual films out of their original context and harmonised them into a series, using iconic scenes and references from each of the films to form the basis of his designs,’ he says.

On the Waterfront movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

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On the Waterfront movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

Robocop movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

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Robocop movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

The public can buy the posters throughout the tour as the foray of films are showcased.  And while we’re not suggesting to catch the first flight to America to do this, why not take a minute or two to admire Moss’s work.

Convoy movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

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Convoy movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

Jackie Brown movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

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Jackie Brown movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

Godfather Part II movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

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Godfather Part II movie poster for the Rolling Roadshow 2010 by Olly Moss

Alamo Drafthouse and Levi’s Rolling Roadshow, 6-28 August, for full listings of films see www.rollingroadshow.com

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  • Simon Sedgwick November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Like the posters a lot – great sense of humour…

  • Gyaviira Luwaga November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    great posters…..they take you way back yet so near…They seemingly look like new innovations..great work..

  • Charlotte Middleton November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Great posters!
    They remind me alot like the old Penguin Crime series, very creative and vintage, love it!

    http://cvmiddleton.blogspot.com/

  • Simon Hall November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    The Dirty Harry one is fantastic. What a great use of negative space. I’m going to bookmark these as inspiration. Superb

    Simon Hall
    alldesignandprint.co.uk

  • Peet November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I like these very much, though I felt Rocky should have been leaning into stairs, instead of “fleeing”…

  • Cez November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Good job! Robocop and There Will Be Blood are best

  • budgethemusicsponge November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Fantastic stuff! Love the Dirty Harry one!

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