Have movie posters really gone downhill? Compared to the graphic masterpieces of the past – from the poster for Breakfast at Tiffanies to Apocalypse Now – classic movie posters exuded a style the modern orange/blue examples mostly fail to reach with their cheap explosions and format following designs. What if they could look a lot more like these examples from Berlin based Graphic Designer Rocco Malatesta? The design genre would certainly be more intriguing… and mind tickling.
Malatesta has reworked a large selection of modern movies (and a few other themes), creating imagery which draws from the story and cleverly reworks it into one bold image. His designs often combine two aspects of the film into one iconic object or scene… something we must think about for a short while to interpret.
Unlike much of the design we see today, his near minimalistic posters are brave enough to stray from the sharp and clean edges of their minimalist poster brethren, giving us some light texturing which is actually rather refreshing. Because the designs draw heavily from specific details within the films, they would be questionably effective for true marketing material, however, they are entertaining to look at and are certainly cool after you know the plot of the film. For more of his work, to purchase posters or to employ his talents, see roccomalatesta.com.