Criterion Designs (The Criterion Cover Art Book)

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Criterion Designs (The Criterion Cover Art Book)

#1 Post by dwk » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:15 pm

From Criterion's instagram:
We've been keeping busy with a little October surprise...
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Those look the same as the Grand Illusion paper they posted earlier, so I guess that isn't coming back
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#2 Post by Minkin » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:21 pm

Are these postcards? (would be a welcome return after like a 8 year disappearance). If the Grand Illusion turns out to be just a postcard, well, I guess something is still going on with Studio Canal (Tati + Vanishing).

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#3 Post by domino harvey » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:23 pm

They look like book proofs

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#4 Post by Shrew » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:26 pm

I wonder if they're going to release a coffee-table book of their cover designs?

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#5 Post by The Narrator Returns » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:26 pm

Does anyone know what the one above Rome Open City is?

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#6 Post by FakeBonanza » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:29 pm

I wonder if they're going to begin to make cover artwork available as prints; several of the pieces that appear in the above photos have already been released as posters (Safety Last, Grand Illusion, Rome Open City, The Freshman).
domino harvey wrote:They look like book proofs
Ah, I think you're correct. That would explain the layouts of those Autumn Sonata and Judex sheets (not to mention the explanatory text), as well as those sheets of gridded artwork.
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#7 Post by domino harvey » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:30 pm

The Narrator Returns wrote:Does anyone know what the one above Rome Open City is?
Hidden Fortress, Jubilee, and Gimme Shelter share the sheet

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#8 Post by Shrew » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:33 pm

I think the the other two "covers" on that sheet might just be collages.

EDIT: Jumping off from there, maybe this is Criterion: The Trading Card Game and those are checklist cards!

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#9 Post by Bando » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:45 pm

domino harvey wrote:They look like book proofs
Yep. If you look closely, there appear to be captions next to some of the images.

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#10 Post by Yaanu » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:11 pm

Judging by the blurbs of text, I'm going to guess that it is indeed an artwork collection.

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#11 Post by Jeff » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:55 pm

domino harvey wrote:They look like book proofs
This year is Criterion's 30th anniversary. I was wondering if they planned to do anything special for it. I'm sure it's a The Criterion Collection: The First 30 Years coffee table book or something to that effect.

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#13 Post by domino harvey » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:46 pm

LOL @ $125 coffee table book of Criterion covers

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#14 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:50 pm

domino harvey wrote:LOL @ $125 coffee table book of Criterion covers
Maybe if it had legs, a la Kramer's design.
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#15 Post by SpiderBaby » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:51 pm

If only there was another way to have all my favorite movie covers from Criterion somehow.

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#16 Post by sir_luke » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:57 pm

For someone who's not a completist by any means but adores (most) of the company's artwork (and loves coffee table books), $125 doesn't seem too unreasonable. I'll still probably wait until it drops a little, but...

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#17 Post by Valin Kenobi » Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:00 pm

It does seem a little pointless. There are several I would buy as posters if I had unlimited money, but having them in a book doesn't do much for me.

But presumably there'll be supplementary content to justify it. Information about the artists or the original posters as the case may be, earlier versions and alternate designs, etc. Some of the CC design blogs I've seen are fascinating, so if this has even a fraction of that content it would be worth a look. I used to own a book of Absolut ads with a section of vetoed concepts and a brief explanation for each, so hopefully this will include something like that.

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#18 Post by Gregory » Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:32 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
domino harvey wrote:LOL @ $125 coffee table book of Criterion covers
Maybe if it had legs, a la Kramer's design.
Next time I go to Barnes & Noble, I'll just flip through the book while I'm in the men's room.

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#19 Post by vidussoni » Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:36 pm

Gregory wrote:
FrauBlucher wrote:
domino harvey wrote:LOL @ $125 coffee table book of Criterion covers
Maybe if it had legs, a la Kramer's design.
Next time I go to Barnes & Noble, I'll just flip through the book while I'm in the men's room.
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#20 Post by domino harvey » Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:37 pm

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#21 Post by Feego » Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:42 pm

I would totally buy it if it was just a book of all of their rejected covers. Pink Viridiana FTW!

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#22 Post by ptatler » Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:51 am

I just hope swimminghorses self-publishes a Kindle rebuttal.

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#23 Post by Valin Kenobi » Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:20 pm

Can somebody move my above post into the Book thread? Now I just look like I'm talking to myself...

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#24 Post by ptatler » Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:55 pm

Amazon link is now a 404.

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#25 Post by vidussoni » Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:52 am

Pre-order is back up.

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The most exciting names in design and illustration today apply their talents to some of the most important and influential films of all time. This volume gathers highlights from designs commissioned by the Criterion Collection, featuring covers, supplemental art, and never-before-seen sketches and concept art plus a gallery of every Criterion cover since the collection's first laserdisc in 1984. From avant-garde experiments to big-budget blockbusters, cult favorites to the towering classics of world cinema, the depth and breadth of what film can be is on display in these striking images. Whether painstakingly faithful re-creations or bold re-imaginings, the stunningly diverse designs collected here offer new ways for cinephiles and design aficionados alike to engage with the world's greatest filmmakers.

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