The largest arts festival in the world is almost upon us. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city and celebrates arts and entertainments with more than 3,000 events.
Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows to suit everyone. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes; theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and more.
Here at Parrot Print Canvas we love art, so we decided to celebrate this annual event by putting together a list of the most iconic and memorable movie posters that would look brilliant as a canvas print.
The 1982 science fiction movie, ET (Extra Terrestrial), gave us two iconic images; Elliot on the flying BMX symbol and the image of ET and Elliot’s fingers coming together on the starlit backdrop. The creator of these iconic posters accidentally fell into his career, which spanned more than 35 years and 135 movies. John Alvin, who freelanced for Hollywood art director, Anthony Goldschmidt while at college, was recommended to create the poster for Mel Brook’s Western Blazing Saddles and went on to design posters for; Blade Runner, Beauty and the Beast, Gremlins, as well as ET.
After the release of the latest Jurassic Park movie – Jurassic World, we couldn’t not mention this classic poster that’s had us hooked since it was first released in 1993. Who says you need a huge Hollywood presence to make a movie poster iconic? This poster didn’t – a story about a dinosaur theme park featuring in-film advertising for that fictional park, which then doubled as the real-life branding for the same movie – rare genius.
It’s hard to believe that with the huge amount of success the Batman films have received and are still receiving, that in1989 Batman was seen by the general public as a bit of a joke, filled with comedy camera angles and slapstick ‘kapows’. With this said the poster had to have a specific design that steered away from these ideas and in doing so created an unmistakable, hard-edged, iconic Batman logo.
The Pulp Fiction poster has been hailed as one of the best movie posters of the past 20 years. The femme fatale lying across the bed, the cigarette, the gun – it’s a poster that’s donned millions of walls around the world. It’s not hard to see why, the magazine front cover style poster is seductive, dangerous and still contemporary.
A worldwide cultural phenomenon and the highest-grossing film of 1985, Back to the Future launched one of the most successful franchises in Universal’s history. The ‘if only we could go back in time,’ travel trilogy has maintained it’s popularity over the years and still to this day doesn’t look dated. The poster design for the first film was so successful that they recycled the same design for the next two.
Which is your favourite poster from our selection? Or, is there one we haven’t mentioned? If you want one of these iconic posters for your own home, upload a photo here and we’ll do the rest!