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A Cool Look At Rejected Posters From Classic Hollywood Films
June 3, 2013
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If you're a film buff, you know that a great movie poster just adds to the entire experience of a classic film.

Kind of like an awesome album cover can make an amazing record that much more iconic and memorable.

Well, in this post, we're taking a look at several movie posters for iconic films that never made the cut. It's a neat glimpse into the thinking of the artists behind the posters as well as a chance to judge whether the actual poster is the best.

For instance, the one at the top is a rejected poster for the classic Al Pacino film 'Dog Day Afternoon'. Below is the one the studio went with.

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All of these images are from an online gallery put together by the website Daybees - featuring rejected posters for famous films such as 'The Exorcist', 'Batman' and 'Casablanca'.

In fact, some of the posters in the exhibition have never been seen publicly before.

Several of the high-profile works are by Bill Gold, a 70-year veteran of the business.

At age 21, Gold was hired by Warner Brothers to design a poster the Humphrey Bogart/Ingrid Bergman classic, 'Casablanca'.

The studio rejected his work, which featured a downcast Bergman gazing at Bogey, with the actor in the foreground.

Gold, who no longer has the artwork, tells The Guardian, "I thought it was quite good, quite strong. But they thought it was too static, they wanted more action. I didn't have time to change it much, so I just stuck Bogey's hand in the front and put a gun in it - and they liked that, they thought the gun was just fine."

Gold has worked with a who's who of Hollywood, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Elia Kazan, Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick.

Check out a couple of takes on Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange' below.

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To compare, here's the actual poster that was used.

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Gold says, of the hundreds of directors and actors he has worked with, his favourite is Clint Eastwood, with whom he worked for more than 30 years. "We liked each other, that's all," he said.

Gold retired in 2004 at 83, after finishing artwork for Clint's 'Mystic River'. Here's a rejected version.

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And here's the actual poster.

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James Verdesoto got his start when he won a national design contest after graduating from New York's Parsons School of Design. It was sponsored by the Weinstein Company and involved coming up with something for the 1981 horror flick, 'The Burning'.

To date, he's created more than 400 movie posters, notably, 'The Crying Game', 'The Piano', 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Ocean's 11'. The last two are both shown below - first the rejected poster, then the one that was used.

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Daybees describes the art as "a thrilling glimpse into the creative process and the stunning movie posters that nearly were..."

You can more movie posters including 'The Exorcist', 'Cool Hand Luke', ' Batman', and 'Unforgiven' on Daybees website.

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