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Gorgeous Portraits of Movie Characters & Classic Shots by Massimo Carnevale [slimgur]
posted by cthuljew (41 comments total) 43 users marked this as a favorite

 
Looks like the artist has a blog with recent-ish ones.
posted by mathowie at 4:04 PM on April 4, 2013


These are amazing.
posted by jquinby at 4:07 PM on April 4, 2013


He likes Kubrick.
posted by Chuffy at 4:20 PM on April 4, 2013


I agree these are great, but don't be fooled like I was: that first one is just a Paul F. Tompkins impersonation of Chaplin's parody of Hitler.
posted by Lorin at 4:24 PM on April 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


OK, his "No Country for Old Men" is just flat out fantastic.
posted by davebush at 4:29 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't know why, but the Inglourious Basterds one (of Wilhelm about to be bludgeoned) is my favorite of a very strong bunch.
posted by Navelgazer at 4:32 PM on April 4, 2013


Great uses of color. Good instincts for design. A number of them would make fine Criterion covers.
posted by dgaicun at 4:41 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Photoshop doing great things with their filters nowadays..
posted by ReeMonster at 4:42 PM on April 4, 2013


Love the pictures. Not once was the scrawled text needed.
posted by Trochanter at 4:49 PM on April 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Some of these have kind of a Bill Sienkiewicz vibe.
posted by The Card Cheat at 4:58 PM on April 4, 2013 [8 favorites]


Incredible work. The Shining is probably my favorite of the bunch.
posted by bfranklin at 5:01 PM on April 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


I don't normally go *squeee* but that's sort of what I did as I scrolled down and saw Monkey from Stalker.

I agree with Trochanter though. I found the text to be somewhat distracting and my favorites don't have text on.
posted by laconic skeuomorph at 5:14 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Poor Sharon Tate.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:18 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Those are lovely. Agree that the text is perhaps unnecessary, but I'd like some of those poster-sized.
posted by gauche at 5:20 PM on April 4, 2013


I love these! Movie posters are my secret obsession. The ones for Jacob's Ladder and Full Metal Jacket perfectly capture the terror I felt when I first saw those movies as a kid. I also love the Drive one.
posted by triggerfinger at 5:21 PM on April 4, 2013


These are good, and a nice counterpoint to the minimalist movie poster trend that the internet's been into for the past few years.
posted by good in a vacuum at 5:27 PM on April 4, 2013


Great uses of color. Good instincts for design. A number of them would make fine Criterion covers.

The one for Inland Empire in particular.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:28 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


POINT BREAK!!!!!!

Now do Demolition Man.
posted by dogwalker at 5:34 PM on April 4, 2013


It's not simply that the paintings are vibrant and beautifully executed, but also his choices for each movie are fantastic. Out of thousands of frames of film he someone manages to pick a frame that is both unexpected and evocative. Well done.
posted by wabbittwax at 5:54 PM on April 4, 2013 [10 favorites]


The selection of "My name is nobody" is perfect. I was introduced to the movie as a joke, and it is; it's also gorgeously shot and paced while still maintaining a farcical tone. The poster here captures that.
posted by notsnot at 6:01 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


These are beautiful for sure, but the artist does seem to like his violent movies.
posted by Popular Ethics at 6:37 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fantastic stuff. If I had a personal movie theater, I'd decorate with some of them. I was kind of disappointed with the Big Libowski one, though, given all the classic moments in the film, I found the chosen one to be underwhelming.
posted by Atreides at 6:41 PM on April 4, 2013


The one for The Shining pretty much freaked me out for the night.
posted by marxchivist at 7:10 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


These are great. I'm in agreement that the ones without text work the best.
posted by arcticseal at 8:33 PM on April 4, 2013


The one for The Shining pretty much freaked me out for the night.

Seconded. Very smart pick as a still -- everyone remembers the two little girls in the hallway, but that movie has piles of brief nightmare images flickering past that you sort of half forget you ever saw until someone goes and paints them. And then you're like, Goddamn, those weird costumed people partying at the Overlook Hotel, what the hell was that?!?

In the dead of night. For, like, six months.
posted by gompa at 8:48 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Atreides: I too wondered what instead I would have picked for Lebowski, but the first two things that came to mind were Bunny's uninjured foot and The Dude's performance-artist neighbor at his door, so I'm not confident I can pick this sort of thing any better.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:05 PM on April 4, 2013


The only special talent here is in choosing the best still from the movie. As I went through them I just kept going, "Yeah, key scene, yeah, that's the shot, yup, key moment, sums it up, yup, yup..." Beyond that though, there's not much more than workmanship (lots of it).
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 10:08 PM on April 4, 2013


fine Criterion covers.

More like graphic novel covers.
posted by KMB at 1:36 AM on April 5, 2013


For The Big Lebowski I would suggest the shot of Donnie's sad face when he doesn't roll a strike.
posted by dogwalker at 3:32 AM on April 5, 2013


The workmanship is fine, but there is something that narks me about choice of films and, especially, the choice of stills. I wish I could put my finger on it - the closest I can get is "I probably wouldn't get along with this guy". Odd.
posted by kariebookish at 4:05 AM on April 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


I like the text, but I'm a) a big big fan of comic book art and b) Italian, so I can read what it says.

These are fantastic.
posted by lydhre at 4:16 AM on April 5, 2013


These are certainly gorgeous. I'd love to see other, more original, pieces from him, though. His pick of scenes from the movies certainly drives/determines a lot of the design (divorced from technique, of course) in these. I suspect he probably has a very good eye for design and layout in his original work, too.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:56 AM on April 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think Michelangelo would have done better to have chosen to make a statue of Mary gazing soulfully up at the crucified body of her murdered Son while it was still on the cross, rather than the more mundane moment of cradling Him after He had already been taken down. Just sayin'. (In keeping with some of the criticism in this thread.)
posted by Mike D at 7:07 AM on April 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


The colors alone in these are so evocative. Great find, thanks for posting!
posted by Fig at 7:30 AM on April 5, 2013


Beyond that though, there's not much more than workmanship (lots of it).

What the hell else would there be?
posted by kenko at 7:53 AM on April 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Strangely little web presence for a guy who has done so many comic book covers. Some of the shot choices (and the text, I suppose, but I guess I'm a bit dull for not looking at these and thinking comic book artist immediately) make more sense in that context—a good cover can be evocative without going for iconic.
posted by Lorin at 8:09 AM on April 5, 2013


These are great.
posted by chavenet at 8:14 AM on April 5, 2013


I'll just include a dissenting opinion here. Meh. Good colors, but it looks like a design student got a wacom tablet for their birthday and downloaded ArtRage. His presumably self-imagined comic book covers are much better.
posted by cmoj at 9:40 AM on April 5, 2013


Some of these have kind of a Bill Sienkiewicz vibe.

I thought so too. Nothin' wrong with that!
posted by Scoo at 8:32 PM on April 5, 2013


I'll just include a dissenting opinion here. Meh. Good colors, but it looks like a design student got a wacom tablet for their birthday and downloaded ArtRage. His presumably self-imagined comic book covers are much better.

Try it, it's not so easy.
posted by Scoo at 8:32 PM on April 5, 2013


Tracing, using a tablet, or ArtRage? They're all pretty easy, which isn't any kind of disparagement.

It's the same thing learning any medium that what you produce shouldn't be purely in service of the medium. These are.
posted by cmoj at 10:29 PM on April 5, 2013


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