That awesome 'V for Vendetta' poster

17118__v_lDon’t tell Bill O’Reilly or Michael Medved, but the incendiary poster art for next week’s V for Vendetta was inspired by old Russian communist propaganda posters. That would probably be apparent anyway to art history majors, but for the rest of us, producer Joel Silver and poster art director Ron Michaelson explain to EW’s Gilbert Cruz in the forthcoming issue how they were inspired by an exhibition of Bolshevik posters at London’s Tate Gallery. Like the propaganda art of that era, the V poster makes use of skewed angles, fuzzy edges, and a red-and-black palette. ”I wanted people to feel as if the posters came directly from the movie,” Silver says. ”I said, ‘If we were actually going to mount a revolution here, what would the imagery look like?” Ideological origins aside, I think more movie posters should look like this; I know I’d be much more interested in seeing The Shaggy Dog if its poster resembled this one.

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  • Jordan Gray

    that’s not even the coolest of the lot. check out these other great propaganda-inspred posters for the film.

  • Ep Sato

    Totally looks like Soviet era Communist propaganda, in a very cool and kitshy way. Those who like this sort of work should try to keep an eye out for the Chinese posters from the era of the Cultural Revolution. These once powerful symbols seem odd now that the country has taken such a pro consumerist turn. Back in the day those posters were available for homes and public viewing, now they make for kick azzed silkscreen t-shirts (I got mine!).

  • Todd

    I think people undervalue the film poster as an advertising method. Especially when you’re waiting in line for a crowded theater, you tend to notice the posters around the lobby. Along with the new “X-Men 3″ posters, these are the best I’ve seen in a while. Great job guys.

  • e

    That mask totally freaks me out

  • dma69

    Who cares what Bill the bully and clueless Meadved think? The poster is awesome! There’s a huge billboard of it on Times Square.

  • Geoffrey

    The marketing team did a great job of plastering all 4 posters around New York City- everyday I see them in big bunches all over the place.

  • justin

    These really look like Shepard Fairy’s work (Obey Giant), which is highly propaganda design inspired. He did the poster for the Johnny Cash film, Walk the Line.

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  • Samantha Rutter

    thats crazy but i like it….

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