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Try to name the film from these incredible minimalist movie posters

07.02.2014by:

Movie posters are as vital to a movie as are the trailers, sometimes more. There is an artistic merit to the best movie posters that is often missed in favor of a slapped together debacle that looks like it was composed by an amateur. With the advent of the Internet, fans have made posters that rival the quality of official one sheets from major studios. And then there are projects like this that prove just how much a poster can be.

Atipo, a Spanish design firm, decided to showcase the power of paper in a project using over a dozen classic films. The results are simply beautiful. Below you can take a look at the results which capture the essence of each film without having to use any words and barely any visual cues. All they have is paper with some minor alterations.

To be completely honest, some of these I figured out instantly while others took me a few minutes. A few stumped me until I saw the answer and then it made perfect sense. As a collection, this is a very interesting experiment that now only showcases how much some studios miss in their marketing but also just how powerfully films have become a part of our everyday culture.

Try and quiz yourself. Check out the posters and scroll down to the Extra Tidbit for the answers.

Extra Tidbit: Answers: ALIEN, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, THE BATTLESHIP POTEMPKIN, REAR WINDOW, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, PSYCHO, JAWS, DRACULA, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER?, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, FRANKENSTEIN, FAHRENHEIT 451
Source: Wired

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6:48PM on 07/06/2014

Not Clever

These are way too simplistic and beyond minimalist to the point where they could each be many different things. I appreciate great minimalistic artwork but Minimalist AND definitive is way better.
These are way too simplistic and beyond minimalist to the point where they could each be many different things. I appreciate great minimalistic artwork but Minimalist AND definitive is way better.
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12:02AM on 07/04/2014

These Sucks!

They are all kind of cute, but way too simple that several movies could work as answers for the majority of the posters. Nice diversion, but not nearly as clever/ cool as intended.
They are all kind of cute, but way too simple that several movies could work as answers for the majority of the posters. Nice diversion, but not nearly as clever/ cool as intended.
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6:45AM on 07/03/2014

Stretch

For example, the 'Frankenstein" one used colors WAY to close to "Sally" from Nightmare before Christmas. I was sure that was one I was getting right. Similarly for Jaws...the color was dead on of "Sully" from Monster's Inc, and the bite mark could've been a monster bite. Sorry, but as Dachande said, these only work when they are clever, and there isn't enough clever here.
For example, the 'Frankenstein" one used colors WAY to close to "Sally" from Nightmare before Christmas. I was sure that was one I was getting right. Similarly for Jaws...the color was dead on of "Sully" from Monster's Inc, and the bite mark could've been a monster bite. Sorry, but as Dachande said, these only work when they are clever, and there isn't enough clever here.
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6:37AM on 07/03/2014

missing one

and the sixth ?
and the sixth ?
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11:32PM on 07/02/2014
I thought the last one was going to be Burn After Reading.
I thought the last one was going to be Burn After Reading.
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3:58AM on 07/03/2014
Me too!!
Me too!!
10:42PM on 07/02/2014
Minimalist art only works when its clever. These don't work.
Minimalist art only works when its clever. These don't work.
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9:00PM on 07/02/2014
Most of these are a stretch... Sorry but these are simply not very good...
Most of these are a stretch... Sorry but these are simply not very good...
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8:56PM on 07/02/2014
Slow news day,huh?
Slow news day,huh?
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8:51PM on 07/02/2014
Minimalist posters are simple in design but these posters are too simple to be posters.
Minimalist posters are simple in design but these posters are too simple to be posters.
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7:27PM on 07/02/2014

I love actual minimalist artwork, including movie posters.

But this is just a prime example of someone being way too amused by their own perceived cleverness. Not a fan.
But this is just a prime example of someone being way too amused by their own perceived cleverness. Not a fan.
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7:01PM on 07/02/2014

Answers

Answers: ALIEN, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, THE BATTLESHIP POTEMPKIN, REAR WINDOW, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, PSYCHO, JAWS, DRACULA, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER?, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, FRANKENSTEIN, FAHRENHEIT 451
Answers: ALIEN, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, THE BATTLESHIP POTEMPKIN, REAR WINDOW, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, PSYCHO, JAWS, DRACULA, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER?, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, FRANKENSTEIN, FAHRENHEIT 451
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7:30PM on 07/02/2014
Missing the one between Psycho and Jaws. Is it The Godfather?
Missing the one between Psycho and Jaws. Is it The Godfather?
7:35PM on 07/02/2014
Between PSYCHO and JAWS is BONNIE AND CLYDE
Between PSYCHO and JAWS is BONNIE AND CLYDE
6:53PM on 07/02/2014
Normally I'm good at things like this but these are tough. The only one I think I figured out was the first being alien?

And the extra tibit isn't up for me to verify.
Normally I'm good at things like this but these are tough. The only one I think I figured out was the first being alien?

And the extra tibit isn't up for me to verify.
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6:50PM on 07/02/2014
Normally I'm good at things like this but these are tough. The only one I think I figured out was the first being alien?

And the extra tibit isn't up for me to verify.
Normally I'm good at things like this but these are tough. The only one I think I figured out was the first being alien?

And the extra tibit isn't up for me to verify.
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6:44PM on 07/02/2014

Meh

Im not seeing the "extra tidbit". These are kinda lame, I prefer actual art in my movie poster. This whole minimalist poster trend just makes me think these people aren't artist so much as people with a knowledge of various computer programs. Not exactly Drew Struzen.
Im not seeing the "extra tidbit". These are kinda lame, I prefer actual art in my movie poster. This whole minimalist poster trend just makes me think these people aren't artist so much as people with a knowledge of various computer programs. Not exactly Drew Struzen.
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