A documentary on legendary movie-poster artist Drew Struzan.
A documentary on legendary movie-poster artist Drew Struzan.
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This documentary told me that if you're going to interview people about one of the greatest movie poster artists of all-time, you had better call up Steve Guttenberg.
OKAY, FINE! I WILL WATCH THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS MOVIES.
Drew Struzan may not be a household name, but he has created iconic images that film fans would find instantly recognizable. For collectors, admirers, and afficionadoes of movie one-sheets and other graphic art, his name is instantly recognizable. "Drew: The Man Behind the Poster" documents Struzan's life as a struggling artist, creator of iconic images, and family man. The film is a treat for anyone with a taste for the art of the movies.
Though its insistence on talking heads in exchange for footage of Struzan at work is bothersome, the film is a nicely assembled collection of anecdotes and reminiscences. Directors like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Frank Darabont, and Guillermo del Toro speak in glowing terms of Struzan, while…
Good grief, this guy has painted a lot of iconic movie posters.
Had to rewatch this as I just recently watched another Drew Struzan special, Conceiving and Creating the Hellboy Poster, which is an incredibly fascinating 90-minute look at how the man makes a poster, step by step. This is more of a tribute documentary, and less pragmatic, but still very enjoyable and truly the legacy of a legend.
At this point I have two hopes for life, both of which I am sure will come true very soon: that Drew paints the poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (trailer right here!) and that I pick up (or Santa brings me) his book Oeuvre.
It's not easy to find, but if you do (Netflix, iTunes, I'm not quite sure), do not miss out on this one.
Film #73 of my personal 2016 Harrison Ford Film Festival
Fantastic expose on the AMAZING ARTIST Drew Struzan! Coming from a family of visual artists myself, I was completely fascinated by the life of this artist.
The film is full of interviews with several directors and actors all discussing a strong love for Drew's work. Plus, Drew is so modest and comes from an incredibly humble background that it is TRULY unbelievable that he was able to become the most famous artist in movie poster history. He still is.
Don't recognize the name? You would DEFINITELY recognize his work. He's done TONS. Here are just a FEW of them:
Back to the Future (all three)
Indiana Jones films
Como no puede ser de otro modo en el caso de un documental sobre arte, se le puede poner peros. Que si se centra más en anécdotas de la vida del artista que en la reflexión sobre el arte en sí, que si tal cosa, que si tal otra. Tratándose como se trata de una declaración de amor y un canto elegíaco a un arte perdido (en ese sentido se parece mucho a otro gran documental de 2013, "Rewind This!"), no creo que haya que buscarle las cosquillas. Hay que disfrutarlo.
I've been wanting to see this documentary ever since I first heard about it. If you like movies or illustrations, chances are you like Drew Struzan's work. He is the man behind the most iconic movie posters ever painted, including those for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Muppets, Hellboy and E.T., to name just a few. If he still doesn't sound familiar, Google his name and you'll see what I'm referring to.
In this documentary we learn a little bit about Drew Struzan as a person, but it's mainly a love letter to his work and legacy as an artist, particularly in the film industry. We get to know how he went from literally being a starving artist who spent…
As Guillermo del Toro explains: the art of Drew Struzan is part of the movie experience.
I had no idea actor Richard Dreyfuss also did movie posters!
Oh, Drew drew those? Sorry, my bad.
Had really high hopes for this since it's always a joy when documentaries shine a light on different aspects behind filmmaking (in this case the posters by Drew Struzan), but the plain and lifeless talking heads approach didn't bring proper justice to his iconic (expect them to use that word a lot) work, ranging from Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter.
Learning of his life story and how certain posters came about was certainly intriguing, but the choice of interviewees mainly valued well-known celebrities with minimal understanding of art than to bring any real insight beyond "I always associate this poster with the film" and "wow that one was so iconic". If there's one vital point to take home from this, it's how the film industry has largely diminished the art of posters down to a by-the-numbers marketing strategy as opposed to an artist putting their heart and soul on canvas.
Chances are that even people who the name Drew Struzan means nothing to, people who perhaps don't even like to watch films - regardless of where in the world they happen to live - are familiar with, will recognize or at some point or another have seen his work, as he's an impressively prolific artist responsible for artwork used for some of the most iconic and well-marketed films in existence. In Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, director Erik Sharkey takes a closer look at the painter who when the film was made recently had retired from the movie business. A laid-back, mind-bogglingly talented yet very humble and kind individual he's a truly inspiring human being, and it's a joy…
This is an insightful documentary about a well regarded film poster artist. It is a little dull in places and is very much a talking heads type of a documentary but I did think it was interesting to see the various posters representing films which were big Hollywood successes. I can see why he's such a popular artist, why people appreciate his work - the images do certainly seem to be quite evocative and appealing. It was interesting to hear about his background and upbringing. If your a fan of big films from the 70s to the 90s then you'll likely find some films you like that he's done posters of, which feature in this film. It is interesting but…
I'm a graphic designer and movie posters are my favorite branch of design so this was basically porn for me. And I wish it had been more about his actual craft and less about the celebrity talking heads but I enjoyed it anyway and I came out enjoying and admiring Drew Struzan's work even more. A truly talented guy, and a true rockstar.
For a documentary that is about one of the greatest movie poster artists of all time, it sure does not do as much justice to that legendary art as it should. Learning about the man himself in any capacity is enjoyable enough as is, and seeing lots of the talented people he's worked with over the years talk about him is engaging enough for a mini-series. Unfortunately the film spends far less time going into the process it takes to make such magical art, and spends most of the runtime of people just talking about the art being so great.
The structure also comes off sloppy in many areas, and I wished we could've gotten even more insight into…
Nobody on this planet deserves Drew Struzan, or the beauty behind Thomas James’ wonderful hairpiece.
Thought we wouldn’t notice Thomas... but we did.
Amazing look at an amazing artist who impacted film and my personal history in an immense way.
Too often we overlook the non-writer/directors who have shaped cinema. Drew Struzan’s posters are wonderful pieces of art that have left an indelible mark in the history and future of cinema.
Lovely man, a gifted wonderful artist. Winning combo.
Für mich der größte Filmposter Künstler aller Zeiten. Selbst die Poster zu manchen Filmen die ich nie gesehen habe, wie 'Sahara' (1983), sind absolut großartig.
Was ich ein wenig von dem Film vermisst habe, ist der Schaffensprozess. Denn auch ikonische Poster, wie Zurück in die Zukunft, sind manchmal einem enormen Entwicklungsprozess durchlaufen, wo alle Designs die man kennt, nichts mit dem fertigen Poster zu tun hatten. Dazu hätte ich gerne etwas mehr erfahren.
While this certainly gives me a better appreciation for his work, structurally the narrative presented here is not especially engaging, it feels more like a television documentary. An alright film, good concept, just poor execution.
More of a tribute than a documentary, with lots of famous folks singing the praises of Drew Struzman and his amazing movie posters, which enhanced many a genre flick when I was growing up. Drew has a photo-realistic style that he is able to imbue with a larger than life quality that perfectly captures the mythical aspect of things like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, yet he is portrayed as a pretty humble guy despite his enormous talent. This is actually a pretty good companion to the 24x36 doc about how Hollywood basically turned it's back on the painted movie poster, which ultimately caused Drew to retire from the biz. His fine art paintings are pretty interesting also though, so it's proof positive that you can't keep an indomitable creative spirit down for long.
A documentary about Drew Struzan, the artist behind so many of the most iconic movie posters ever.
This was so interesting and actually the first documentary I’ve ever watched. Of course I knew and loved so many of his posters but I never actually knew his name or that it was all this one very talented man! It features interview from directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Frank Darabond and Guillemo del Toro, and actors like Michael J Fox and Harrison Ford.
You might not know his name, you sure as hell know his amazing art work in film posters. A great documentary about the man and the people he has worked with.
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