Movie Posters: Backs

Perhaps the most evocative trope in movie posters: Revealing the back renders anonymous the protagonist of a movie, it invites the viewer to immerse into the narrative, step into the shoes of the hero when facing the adventure ahead. It echoes contemplation, inner peace, vulnerability, a consequence of pensive introspection when facing a moment of importance, of awe, of beauty. For those goals, it helps that the back is usually shot underexposed, providing a dark outline in the foreground so to emphasize the background (the scale of the person to the overall context will indicate which is the true main character of the movie: The person or the situation). The use of this design is quite prevalent on historical films…

  • Turkish Saddle
  • Selma
  • Departure
  • Staggered
  • Bullhead
  • Transcendence
  • Anton Corbijn Inside Out
  • Yi Yi
  • Warm Waters
  • Sleeping Giant
  • That's What I Am
  • Enter the Void
  • Salto al vacío
  • The Return of Superfly
  • Class Act
  • Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
  • Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn
  • The Ranger
  • To R
  • In the Family
  • Stau - Jetzt geht's los
  • Wounded Game
  • LUV
  • Blood Creek
  • Afflicted
  • The Experiment
  • Zeroville
  • Headshot
  • Laurence Anyways
  • The Discovery
  • Iverson
  • Mr. X
  • Antonia
  • Blonde
  • Mademoiselle Paradis
  • The Fetist
  • The Headless Woman
  • Love Like Poison
  • Jibril
  • Places in Cities
  • Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
  • The Strongest
  • White Homeland Commando
  • No Place for a Rebel
  • Horse Money
  • Berlin Calling
  • Quiz Show
  • ETXR
  • Sunday Beauty Queen
  • Mad Love
  • A Teacher
  • Barbara
  • Mug
  • The Imposter
  • Unwanted
  • City of Ghosts
  • Team Foxcatcher
  • Bent
  • Hyena
  • Australien Skies
  • Heirs
  • The Gatekeepers
  • Freak Show
  • Catching Hell
  • Western
  • Further Beyond
  • The Case for Christ
  • Louis C.K.: Hilarious
  • Thorn
  • Stephen Lynch: Hello Kalamazoo
  • Fox and His Friends
  • The Ladykillers
  • The Organizer
  • Morris from America
  • Christmas Blood
  • She Monkeys
  • The Notorious Mr. Bout
  • M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
  • Deadlock
  • Elysium
  • A Prayer Before Dawn
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Venom
  • Generation Iron
  • Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior
  • Under the Gaydar
  • Top of the Lake: China Girl
  • The People I've Slept With
  • Cup of my Blood
  • Youth
  • Black Ice
  • Innocence
  • Rings
  • Private Violence
  • Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie
  • Iron Jawed Angels
  • Patchwork
  • Siren
  • What Do You Say to a Naked Lady
  • Malibu Beach