Above: French poster by Boris Grinsson for You’ll Never Get Rich (1941), directed by Sidney Lanfield.
Hoofers and high-flyers locked in perpetual motion, in ecstatic freeze-frames; it is not a big surprise that the best of these posters are not the Hollywood originals but the international versions from France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and beyond. Beyond the main objective: Imprinting an image to allure and advertise, I love how the wild array of fonts interact with the other graphic elements, plus those romantic foreign-language titles!
Above: A Belgian poster for 42nd Street (1933), directed by Lloyd Bacon, poster artist unknown.
The sharp, spunky master of backstage musicals, Busby Berkeley‘s choreography takes center stage in this stunning poster, showcasing his dancers atop and within the three-dimensional title treatment. An astonishing Art Deco achievement.