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Movie title stills: part 2 (in COLOUR!)

December 13, 2009

Okay, so I’ve gushed over film title screen shots from the earlier half of the 20th Century, now how do the later ones fair? Well, some of them are very good. There’s no unifying style, instead the titles tend to either reflect the content of the film, or ignore the content all together in favour of more discreet use of typography.

And there’s definitely a trend in more contemporary films towards very discreet titles. Although each of the following uses a distinct and no doubt carefully chosen typeface, from first glance they appear virtually identical.
So what does this say about modern audiences? Are we more astute in our understanding of typographic detail? Or do the film-makers simply want to let their films (and in some cases, the special effects) do the talking?

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