Six Pix: Black & White

Six Pix presents a sextet of movie posters representing a particular actor/director/genre. You pick the one you feel is visually the most artistic or best sums up the film.

And we say b&w, we mean it…except for the title there are no other tones allowed for these Six Pix.

Included are: The Godfather (1972); The Graduate (1967); Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps (2010); Ray (2004); Buried (2010); and Men in Black 3 (2012).

Truth be told, I had a very hard time trying to find a half dozen b&w posters that had absolutely no shades of gray nor colors of any kind. But on the ones I did track down the stark graphics were both compelling and inventive. Men in Black, for instance, creates Will Smith’s distinctive silhouette using only lettering of various thickness. Buried conveys both depth and confinement in a jagged, disorienting swirl—a la Saul Bass. And The Godfather’s “man who pulls the strings” illustration is iconic. For me, though, the elegant line drawing of Mrs. Robinson’s leg under which appears the tiny, black cloaked graduate masterfully echoes the famous scene and sums up the underlying themes of the movie.

Which one do you think is the winner? Should I have included something else? Tell me about it below! (And please feel free to suggest future topics.)

  • Stacy Borans

    I go with The Godfather. It is striking and conveys so much with so little.

  • Wayne P.

    The Graduate followed closely by The Godfather…both posters show the storylines expertly but would also give an honorable mention to Buried, for copying somewhat the idea from the fine artwork of the Vertigo poster.

  • Ron

    THE GRADUATE…………… a landslide

  • Bryan Ruffin

    I have to give it to MIB. That, to me, is just too creative to pass up!