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The movies of today imagined with the stars of yesterday

Jan. 17, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

The past year in film has been one that (arguably) celebrated nostalgia over anything else. THE ARTIST and HUGO were definite examples of this trend - even something like MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, while based on a successful book, could still easily be defined as much by being an adaption as by being a film that takes the time to wistfully examine an icon of a time now past. And while retro re-imaginings of present projects are nothing new (it would probably take ten seconds on YouTube to find someone's 60s style fan-made credits for a film released this year), artist Peter Stults has taken it upon himself to craft some really fantastic explorations of this trend with posters for current films starring the stars of old.  Check out some of my favorites below, and head on over to his site for the rest.

This makes me want to enlist Dr. Frankenstein in re-animating every single person listed here so that this movie can happen for real.  To be fair, I may be a bit biased as Burt Lancaster ("The Mark") is my very favorite actor of all time.

OldSChoolInceptionPoster

 

Besides how the whole concept and execution of this is awesome, I epecially dig the inclusion of Spencer Tracy in what I assume to be Albert Brooks' role.

OldSchoolDrive

 

Jimmy Stewart: Winning with that expression since 1935.

OldSchoolRushmore

 

Just a gorgeous piece of art.  I'd frame and hang this in a second.

OldSchoolFifthElement

 

Honorable mention, as it has one of the best taglines (in content and tone) that I have ever seen.

OldSchoolTerminator

Extra Tidbit: Conversely, what are some films from the past that you believe 1) celebrated the future and 2) were also good films?
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9:10AM on 01/17/2012
I would see the hell out of that cast in Rushmore! Kinda wish it was real.
I would see the hell out of that cast in Rushmore! Kinda wish it was real.
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9:46AM on 01/17/2012
I also really liked the one for The Hangover... that cast would've been great.
I also really liked the one for The Hangover... that cast would've been great.
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9:48AM on 01/17/2012
The Drive poster with James Dean looks good.
The Drive poster with James Dean looks good.
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10:22AM on 01/17/2012
i would see every single one of these movies. how awesome wouldn't fifth element have been with sean connery and christopher lee.
i would see every single one of these movies. how awesome wouldn't fifth element have been with sean connery and christopher lee.
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10:37AM on 01/17/2012

Imagine

Fight Club
starring
Dean Martin as the narrator
Kirk Douglas as Tyler Durden
and Raquel Welch as Marla Singer
Fight Club
starring
Dean Martin as the narrator
Kirk Douglas as Tyler Durden
and Raquel Welch as Marla Singer
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11:49AM on 01/17/2012
Loved'em except the Big Lebowski was kind of a missed opportunity, though I dug Clint Eastwood as the Stranger. "Lethal Weapon," starring Sydney Poitier and Peter O'Toole as the cop on the edge, Martin Riggs!
Loved'em except the Big Lebowski was kind of a missed opportunity, though I dug Clint Eastwood as the Stranger. "Lethal Weapon," starring Sydney Poitier and Peter O'Toole as the cop on the edge, Martin Riggs!
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11:52AM on 01/17/2012
How about True Grit with John Wayne or Ocean's Eleven with Frank Sinatra, oh wait, I misunderstood the assignment.
How about True Grit with John Wayne or Ocean's Eleven with Frank Sinatra, oh wait, I misunderstood the assignment.
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12:39PM on 01/17/2012
A Fritz Lang-directed Inception would be the absolute tits.
A Fritz Lang-directed Inception would be the absolute tits.
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12:54PM on 01/17/2012
love that Drive poster
love that Drive poster
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4:01PM on 01/17/2012

heh

the Fifth Element one doesn't count until they cast someone for Chris Rocks character. I'd love to see an actor of old take that on, lol.
the Fifth Element one doesn't count until they cast someone for Chris Rocks character. I'd love to see an actor of old take that on, lol.
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9:06AM on 01/19/2012
I'm assuming you mean Chris Tucker.
I'm assuming you mean Chris Tucker.
4:02PM on 01/17/2012

Batman Begins

Steve McQueen - Bats
John Wayne - Gordon
Yul Brynner - RAs al Gul
Steve McQueen - Bats
John Wayne - Gordon
Yul Brynner - RAs al Gul
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6:08PM on 01/17/2012
If only life can take one day and make all time fit into one line. We'd see some amazing things, and yet some ugly things.
If only life can take one day and make all time fit into one line. We'd see some amazing things, and yet some ugly things.
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2:02AM on 01/20/2012
How did I know Drive was going to be used?
And how did I know they would have James Dean as "The Driver"?
..... I don't know. Psychic I guess.
How did I know Drive was going to be used?
And how did I know they would have James Dean as "The Driver"?
..... I don't know. Psychic I guess.
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