So here is the story: as part of the promotion for it’s “Summer Under the Stars” marathon of films TCM created a bunch of new, modern posters for some of the movies that will be showcased. And the posters are really good.
I think comparing this sort of tribute posters to posters for new movies is unfair for two reasons. First, these are classic movies that have left strong images and ideas in our culture. Images and ideas that can be used in the composition of the poster. Second, since everybody knows about the movies there is no need to introduce them to the public, or even much need to really sell them. This allows a level of freedom to come up with interesting and creative concepts that is never afforded to the people coming up with poster for new movies.
But still, the set is a nice reminder of how beautiful and evocative good movie posters can be.
(thanks go to James for calling my attention to these)