I’ve always believed the experience of moviegoing starts with the poster. A movie’s one-sheet — the poster that hangs in the lobby — features the film’s key art, sometimes a photo collage, sometimes a painting that represents the actors or the action. Whatever the image, the idea is the intrigue. After all, the one-sheet is really just an ad designed to inspire ticket sales.
For me, this experience was never more exciting than when the one-sheet featured the art of a man named Bob Peak. An artist with movie-star looks, Peak worked in advertising and magazines as an illustrator in the 1950s, then began designing movie posters in the early 1960s, most notably for West Side Storyand My Fair Lady.
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