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Doc Soup: Ten Best Documentary Film Posters

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Movie posters have always been a hip form of art; the unique images designed for movies such as Anatomy of a Murder, Vertigo and Last Temptation of Christ are as much works of art themselves as they are stunning sales pitches for the movies they were made for. (Mea culpa; throughout my teen years, I slept under a poster for Subway — no, not the sandwich chain — because I thought it was the epitome of cool.)

Posters for documentaries are no less compelling. In fact, they have the higher calling of the double bottom line: not just selling the film, but also maintaining a similar political-social agenda. And so it is with great respect and admiration that I have put together what I consider the ten best documentary movie posters. (And, wouldn’t you know it, there’s a doc movie poster contest for the upcoming Full Frame festival. Submissions are due February 15th.

What are some of your favorite documentary movie posters?

Tom Roston
Tom Roston
Tom Roston is a guest columnist for POV's documentary blog. He comes to us as a ten-year veteran of Premiere magazine, where he was a Senior Editor, and where he wrote the column, Notes from the Dream Factory. Tom was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Brown University and started his career in journalism at The Nation and then Vanity Fair. Tom has also written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, GQ, New York, Elle and other publications. Tom's favorite documentaries are: 1. Koyanisqaatsi - Godfrey Reggio 2. Hoop Dreams - Steve James 3. The Up series - Michael Apted 4. Crumb - Terry Zwigoff 5. Capturing the Friedmans - Andrew Jarecki
  • http://www.torontoscreenshots.com/ James McNally

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    I really liked the one for Havana Marking’s Afghan Star.

  • Doc soup Man

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    that IS a cool one. I hadn’t seen it before.

  • Joshua Brown

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    The poster for “The Bridge” perfectly fits the film’s mood, quiet and somber.

  • Joshua Brown

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    The poster for “The Bridge” is one of my favorites because it perfectly fits the film’s mood: quiet and somber.

  • Doc Soup Man

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    I really like that poster as well, and considered it, but that film is a little problematic for me personally (I know someone who died there), and I just couldn’t put it on the list. Aesthetically, though, it’s a great image.

  • http://cevremuhendisleri.net Carol

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    Movie posters have always been a hip form of art; the unique images designed for movies such as Anatomy of a Murder, Vertigo and Last Temptation of Christ are as much works of art themselves as they are stunning sales pitches for the movies they were made for. (Mea culpa; throughout my teen years, I slept under a poster for Subway — no, not the sandwich chain — because I thought it was the epitome of cool.)

  • nicole

    Thanks for this article, only problem is, I can’t seem to see the actual list in this article. Perhaps it was taken down because this article is a few years old? Would be great to see it, even if it’s an “old list”. Thanks!