Name That Movie
November 8, 2009 3:26 PM   Subscribe

Name That Movie The illustrator, Paul Rogers, description of his project: I started a series of drawings in my sketchbook, it's a kind of visual quiz of great movies. Each series is a sequence of six drawings of shots from classic films (in the order they appear on screen.) No portraits of movie stars, just iconic images from the film.
posted by TimTypeZed (20 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Wow, the only one I recognize is Pulp Fiction. I guess I need to watch more movies.
posted by Dr. Send at 3:42 PM on November 8, 2009

Killer project, came here to say what Dr. Send just said.

posted by chronkite at 3:55 PM on November 8, 2009

1. The Day the Earth Stood Still
2. The Gold Rush
4. Pulp Fiction
5. The Postman Always Rings Twice
6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
7. Titanic?
8. True Grit?
9. The Wizard of Oz
10. The Last Picture Show?
11. The Big Sleep?
13. Paper Moon
14. Singin' in the Rain?
15. The Graduate
16. Vertigo

(and that's where I stopped trying)
posted by Sys Rq at 3:57 PM on November 8, 2009

P.S. This is completely excellent.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:00 PM on November 8, 2009

3 is La Dolce Vita, 12 The Third Man

17. Touch of Evil
18. The Godfather
19. Bonnie and Clyde
20. Guys and Dolls(?)
22. Chinatown
23. Citizen Kane
24. Casablanca
25. The Maltese Falcon
26. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
27. Rear Window
29. Sweet Smell of Success
30. Taxi Driver

A youth well spent.
posted by Bromius at 4:05 PM on November 8, 2009

Now we need a big 'spoiler alert' on the front page!
posted by Flashman at 4:09 PM on November 8, 2009

I think 28 is Some Like It Hot, and 21 is Mildred Pierce.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:09 PM on November 8, 2009

Terrific project.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 4:24 PM on November 8, 2009

#12 is The Third Man (that looming shadow is the iconic moment in the film)

These are wonderful and if you are very familiar with the films, the first sketch is enough. If you are a little less familiar then there are enough clues-- provided you have actually seen the film.

Great find, TimTypeZed
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 4:33 PM on November 8, 2009

For the scorekeepers: I got only 3 really obvious ones. Oh, well.

I really like what Rogers does with just black and white, especially the great swaths of black that really add mass to some images. But he can handle colour, too. And I swear I must have seen his stuff before, especially his drawings of musicians, but I can't place it. Bookmarked!
posted by maudlin at 4:37 PM on November 8, 2009

Ugh, I see that Bromius beat me to it.

When I finish 100 movies, I'll see about getting them published as a book.
A book like this could sell dozens.

Great skills, inventive mind, and humorously self-deprecating-- I like that .
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 4:41 PM on November 8, 2009

Awesome drawings. I think it says more about my sheltered life than anything else that the only one I could get off the top of my head was Titanic. I should get on that.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:02 PM on November 8, 2009

This is great. I recognized more than I expected, which pleased me.
posted by languagehat at 5:11 PM on November 8, 2009

#5 in Part 3 - Singing in the Rain
posted by Solon and Thanks at 5:25 PM on November 8, 2009

I'm embarrassed that I didn't recognize more of these. But what a fun little quiz!

Thanks for posting this TimTypeZed.
posted by marsha56 at 9:52 PM on November 8, 2009

Very cool - and curious what he picked as the images to draw from the films. I recognized most (that I did recognize) from one or two images and then thought of other things (John Goodman as Cyclops in "Oh Brother where art Thou" ferinstance) that he didn't include.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:58 AM on November 9, 2009

fantastic illustrations. I'll have to take another look now that I have seen the cheat sheet and see if anything rings clearer. I only got Raiders of the Lost Ark. Great idea for a sketch project!
posted by tothemoon at 5:27 AM on November 9, 2009

The ones I got:

Day the earth stood still
Pulp Fiction
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Wizard of Oz
Paper Moon
The Graduate
Guys and Dolls
Citizen Kane
Maltese Falcon
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Some Like It Hot

posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:12 AM on November 9, 2009

These are amazing! Thank you!
posted by EarBucket at 10:32 AM on November 9, 2009

I love his work!
posted by punktorah at 12:00 PM on November 9, 2009

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