AMPAS spotlights film posters in exhibit

Movies featured include 'Dr. No,' 'Paths of Glory'

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will shine its spotlight on movie posters in its new exhibition, "Art of the Movie Poster: Illustrated One-Sheets and Design Concepts from the Paul Crifo Archive," opening next Thursday in the Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills.

The exhibition will focus on the decades from the 1950s through the '80s, showcasing the creative process by which a finished movie poster is achieved. Each stage of the process will be represented, through reference stills, concept sketches and hand-rendered and photographic "comps." Also featured will be many of the approved original illustrations of "key art."

Multiple poster concepts will be displayed alongside the final "winning" posters, which are from the collections of poster designer Paul Crifo and the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library. This exhibition marks the first time that much of Crifo's work will be on display for public viewing.

Films represented in the exhibition include "Dr. No," "Paths of Glory," "Separate Tables," "Tom Jones," "Zorba the Greek," "The Group," "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," "The Producers," "Play It Again, Sam," "A Separate Peace" and "Mahogany."

Crifo, who studied illustration at Pratt University, worked on more than 400 motion picture advertising campaigns and personally designed 120 film posters for Hollywood studios, foreign distributors and independent film companies, largely while working out of New York City.

The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 13