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Downhill Racer - Style A

  • Year : 1969
  • Country of the poster : United States
  • Condition : excellent
  • Presentation : on linen
  • Director : Michael Ritchie
  • Poster designer : Stephen Frankfurt and Philip Gips
  • Printing process : offset
  • Smaller ≤ 27 X 39 ≤ 27 X 39"
About 2 inches more on each side for the covering *

1 200 €

Original poster of the American film Downhill Racer directed in 1969 by Michael Ritchie.

In 1969, Michael Ritchie directed Downhill Racer...considered one of the best skiing films ever released on the silver screen. It stars Robert Redford and Gene Hackman.

His poster is also one of the most eye-catching sports film posters and is even ranked as one of the best film posters ever produced by Premier Magazine. Attributed to Stephen Frankfurt (who also designed the campaign for Rosemary's Baby) and Philip Gips, this Model A is said to be "from the kiss".

The use of space is particularly original and subtle. Divided in two by a paper cut-out effect, the poster presents a very close up of the actors' faces, leaving the whole lower part white. A black dot in the centre attracts attention: it is the silhouette of a skier descending a slope and it is then that the suggestiveness of the whole takes on its full meaning. The kiss occupies the sky, the torn paper becomes a mountain, and the emptiness turns into snow.

The minimalist monochromatic design reads in red letters "How fast must a man go to get from where he's at?".

Original title Downhill Racer
Year 1969
Country of the film United States
Country of the poster United States
Director Michael Ritchie
Actors and/or actresses Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Camilla Sparv, Kenneth Kirk, Joe Jay Jalbert
Poster designer Stephen Frankfurt and Philip Gips
Vintage poster original
Printing process offset
Actual size (inches) 68,5 x 104
Condition excellent
Presentation on linen

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