Anton Corbijn's The American Gets a Fantastic Vintage Poster
by Alex Billington
June 16, 2010
This looks fantastic. Focus Features has unveiled via Apple the official poster for Anton Corbijn's new film The American starring George Clooney as a hitman who is hiding out in Italy on his last assignment. We already saw the trailer back in May but this new poster is a true delight to discover today. It has a vintage, classic kind of feel to it, like this is a hitman movie straight from the 70's. I love the little Shawkshank-like pose hidden in the title as well. It's a great poster for a film that I am very much looking forward to seeing this fall. We'll keep you updated on The American leading up to its release this September. Check this out!
You can watch the official trailer for Anton Corbijn's The American right here. Stay tuned for any updates!
The American is directed by Dutch visual artist and filmmaker Anton Corbijn, whose only other feature film was Control from 2007, but he's directed numerous music videos as well. The script was written by Rowan Joffe (of Last Resort and 28 Weeks Later) and is based on Martin Booth's novel A Very Private Gentleman. This was shot independently by Corbijn both in Italy and Sweden last year and is being distributed by Focus Features in the US. The American will arrive in theaters starting on Wednesday, September 1st, this fall.
Not sure if I'd say the title pose is Shawshank Redemption-esque (my fav movie, btw) since it appears to be a Hitman, perhaps one that has been shot and is falling backwards. The pose Clooney is in fits the vintage poster very well, almost like a James Bond poster. However, the background image of the girl's face just doesn't catch the eye very well. I know that a female is an important part of the story, but the face seems odd on the poster. Perhaps the Italian countryside or something along those lines would be a better fit. Overall, pretty cool seeing the vintage poster but I think the studio could've done more with it.
Scott on Jun 16, 2010
hey scott. i think youre a jackass. the poster reminds me of cary grant in north by northwest. and all im saying is. with a poster that good and that reminiscent of past masterpieces its just given itself a lot to live up to. hopefully it delivers.
jonny b on Jun 17, 2010
Robbie on Jun 17, 2010
Hey jonny b, you're a jackass too. Thanks for the reply.
Scott on Jun 17, 2010
Looks like a Gary Crant poster... Nice one. i had friends who worked on this film in Sweden... too bad I wasn't... worthless life!
ryderup on Jun 17, 2010
You're all jackasses! This poster is great, not really pushing the envelope far enough for my tastes but reminiscent in that old familiar kind of way. Obvious that selling the talent was more important than the concept.
Linkfx on Jun 17, 2010
I agree that it looks a lot like a poster for a classic Cary Grant movie or something else from that era. This looks like it is going to be a really good movie and I can't wait to see it!! Clooney has done some really remarkable things in the last few years -- some misses, but a WHOLE lot of classy material.
Isabella Bailey on Jun 17, 2010
Voice of Reason on Jun 17, 2010
Clooneys a kickass actor, Ill see it solely for his performance.
Cody w on Jun 17, 2010
great image, only complaint is that the image of Clooney seems a little too detailed, too clean
El on Jun 17, 2010
My number #1 anticipated film.
DiR3cT on Jun 17, 2010
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