Shutterstock Presents: Cannes Goes Gatsby

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An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites
An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites
An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites
An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites
An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites
An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites
An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites

The buzz around Baz Luhrmann’s blockbuster Great Gatsby adaptation is reaching fever pitch, with the latest take on the quintessential Jazz Age tale hitting theaters in North America this Friday and kicking off next week’s 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites

In honor of the film’s big French festival screening, Shutterstock gave designer Dimitri Simakis free reign of the Shutterstock library to use their images in dreaming up some 20s-inspired movie posters for Gatsby and other iconic Cannes classics. Check the results below, featuring former festival favorites from Taxi Driver to Apocalypse Now, along with commentary from Simakis on the designs. You can take a look here at all the stockphotos he used in the designs. Enjoy!

The Great Gatsby

“I wanted the Gatsby poster to stand out, because unlike the other films, there’s something so sleek and decadent about the source material. Of course, I used the actual film posters as inspiration, but I also tried to add in themes of loneliness, longing, and excess.”

An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites

 

Pulp Fiction

“You can’t help but think of Uma Thurman on the bed with a gun when you think of this film, and that’s not all that different from what Chéret or Toulouse-Lautrec might illustrate (probably without a gun). Adding in those modern elements grabs your attention, but doesn’t take away from the fact that these posters could have been made in the 1920s.”

An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites

 

La Dolce Vita

“The poster I made for La Dolce Vita is the closest to an authentic Nouveau poster. As crazy as it may sound, the idea of a beautiful blonde is synonymous with that film.”

An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites

 

Apocalypse Now

“When I think of Apocalypse Now, I think Brando, choppers, and deep red color schemes. After looking at a great deal of Nouveau/Deco art for reference, I noticed how immediate the idea can come across when you add those simple elements: big bald head, helicopters that blend into the frame, and bingo!”

An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites

 

Taxi Driver

“My poster for Taxi Driver is the most Art Deco-inspired, which made it a lot louder than the others. I like to think if Scorsese made that film in the ’30s, this poster would match.”

An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites

 

Wild at Heart

Wild At Heart is one of the greatest love stories ever told on screen, and when you evoke pre-war French romance, it’s a match made in heaven.”

An Art Nouveau Take On Festival Favorites

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