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« on: September 16, 2010, 12:13:36 AM »

Its been mentioned here before but it looks like the lavish book promised showing Bill Gold's association with Clint is finally on its way

Here is part of an email I received recently

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I'm writing to you because you have previously written to Bill expressing interest in his work. I'd like to inform you of his upcoming book, Bill Gold: PosterWorks due to be released in November 2010. The book reflects on Bill's 63 year career of designing movie posters. It's 450 pages of beautiful photos of finished posters, roughs and comps that have never been seen before. The Foreword is by Clint Eastwood. The book is published by Reel Art Press and written by Sir Christopher Frayling. The publisher has created a website to peruse the book and order if you desire. It should be up and running in about a month, but feel free to sign up now and they will notify you when it's officially launched.http://www.reelartpress.com

I know this interests me, so I thought others here would like to know too.
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2010, 01:12:53 AM »

Thanks for the heads up on this one Palooka.

I`ll be having this book thank you very much  :)
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2010, 06:37:09 AM »

So Christopher Frayling is a poster expert too, eh! Well done!
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2010, 09:03:26 AM »

So Christopher Frayling is a poster expert too, eh! Well done!

I'll certainly be adding this to my bookshelf.

Christopher may be a Sir and all that but he's a big fanboy at heart.I had a good chat with him years ago at a Hammer Films reunion near Windsor.He always brings a great sense of enthusiasm to his projects.Looking forward to it.
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2010, 06:35:13 PM »

 That will be very interesting !

             

             http://bit.ly/dcCdlh
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2010, 02:10:20 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2010, 05:32:04 AM »

That will be very interesting !

             

             http://bit.ly/dcCdlh

I have had this book since 2005.   http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=4440.0   I really like it and often look at it.

Need to have a lottery win to buy the Bill Gold book,   ;D   but would love to have it.
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2010, 05:49:01 AM »


Need to have a lottery win to buy the Bill Gold book,   ;D   but would love to have it.

Yep, £350 for the "standard" version is a little steep to say the least. £950 for the deluxe is, well,  :o
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2010, 06:21:11 AM »

Yep, £350 for the "standard" version is a little steep to say the least. £950 for the deluxe is, well,  :o

Somehow I don't think it will come out in el-cheapo paperback.   Never mind I can sell some of my Eastwood memorabilia or start putting pennies in my piggy bank. ;)
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2010, 05:11:49 AM »

£350 for the "standard" version is a little steep to say the least. £950 for the deluxe

Yikes,  that sure is a hefty price tag, even the £350 version

I would certainly prefer to buy a bog standard, run of the mill paperback version.  What are the chances of that then?

The £350 is an introductory offer valid until mid November, then it goes up to £400.  Not quite sure if I can justify that for a book.  Well I suppose its not JUST a book.

It does look fantastic, the High Plains Drifter poster versions look stunning.  I like the one with the whip over his shoulder.

Not just from an Eastwood perspective, this book looks like a winner.  For example - There is a great shot of a huge billboard poster of "Theres A Girl In My Soup" taken from a street corner
somewhere in Hollywood.

Very impressive.
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« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2010, 05:56:08 PM »

 " Make my day... with a poster "

Bill Gold's posters have become almost as iconic as the movies they promote. As a book of the designer's work is released, Clint Eastwood pays tribute to a creative collaborator and a true Hollywood hero

The Independent  Tuesday, 16 November 2010

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/bill-gold-make-my-day-with-a-poster-2134921.html

 
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Bill Gold has created art for more than 60 years, and he's been creating great posters for my pictures for almost 40. It's hard to believe. From the early 1940s, when he was an apprentice at Warner Bros, to the early 2000s when he was still creating images for Malpaso Productions, Bill's talent and enthusiasm never wavered.

Bill has a firm belief in the power of great stories. Whether the story was about a cop trying to do what he believed was right, or a retired gunman struggling with his conscience, or three men trying to make sense of their damaged lives, Bill always matched the human emotions of these pictures with unforgettable images.

Harry Callahan was a determined man, and Bill emphasised that in his stark image for Dirty Harry in 1971. William Munny was a loner, and conflicted, and Bill's poster for Unforgiven captured that in all its silent beauty in 1992 – a poster that won most of the major awards that Bill's profession has to offer. The men played by Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Tim Robbins had murky, troubled pasts, which Bill illustrated by silhouetting their reflections in the icy blue waters of Mystic River.

With Bill, I knew he would bring in great ideas, and the poster he created would be one less thing we had to think about it. He respected the film, he respected the story and he always respected what we were trying to accomplish.

In all, Bill created thousands of movie posters, some of which are as classic as the movies themselves. Four of the films he worked on won Best Picture Oscars, including Unforgiven. The first image you have of many of your favourite films is probably a Bill Gold creation.

I am proud of the work that Bill has created for me over the years, and prouder still that it has been collected in a beautiful book.

Sixty years of Hollywood memories are richer because of Bill Gold.

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'Bill Gold: PosterWorks', with an introduction by Clint Eastwood, is published by Reel Art Press. www.reelartpress.com
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2010, 06:18:14 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2010, 11:41:51 PM »

The Sunday New York Times had a feature on Bill Gold and his poster book. The only Eastwood poster featured was for Mystic River. I didn't know it was Gold's last poster job before he retired. Here's the quote:

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For the final poster Mr. Gold worked on before retiring he wanted to keep things simple. “ ‘Less is more’ is what Clint would always say,” he recalled. “I went to Boston and stayed there for about a month and shot a lot of pictures.” But rather than using stills for “Mystic River,” Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of a Dennis Lehane novel, he ultimately decided to go with a silhouette of the three main characters reflected in the water, their lives turned upside down by tragic events. The final image was a composite of a photograph and illustration along with the tag line from the film’s dialogue: “We bury our sins here. We wash them clean.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/movies/05posters.html

A picture gallery of the posters discussed is here:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/12/03/movies/billgoldmovieposters.html
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« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2010, 08:26:02 PM »

 " Now playing . . . Old Greenwich resident Bill Gold is the king of movie poster artists "

   Greenwich Citizen

 http://www.greenwichcitizen.com/news/articleGallery/Now-playing-Old-Greenwich-resident-Bill-869092.php

 
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Old Greenwicgh resident Bill Gold has been designing movie posters for more than 60 years — more than 2,000 in total, including many of the greatest films of all time. He has also worked with many legendary directors, including Hitchcock, Kubrick and his good friend Clint Eastwood.


 
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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2010, 06:02:08 AM »

Tonight on UK radio 4 at 7.15 pm there will be an interview with Bill Gold.  The 89 year old will be interviewed by John Wilson in the program called Front Row.   Some of you will be able to hear it on listen again and others on their computers.

Moderators.  Please move this to a more appropriate thread if I have chosen the wrong area to post it.
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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2010, 06:30:01 AM »

Tonight on UK radio 4 at 7.15 pm there will be an interview with Bill Gold.  The 89 year old will be interviewed by John Wilson in the program called Front Row.   Some of you will be able to hear it on listen again and others on their computers.

Moderators.  Please move this to a more appropriate thread if I have chosen the wrong area to post it.

Although I do not speak on behalf of moderators, I believe this interview is timely and notable enough to deserve a thread of its own rather than being included in the Eastwood in the press (minor mentions) thread. If you find a link to the interview, please post.
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« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2010, 03:19:45 PM »

I couldn't give you a link until after it was broadcast.

Here is the link.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wsr2z        It is not the first item on Front Row.

Some nice pictures of posters for Clint movies. :)


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« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2010, 07:59:13 PM »

Lin, thanks for sharing. These all are classic posters.  O0
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« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2010, 08:04:52 PM »

Lin, I hope you don't mind, but I've merged this into the previous topic we had on the Bill Gold book.

It's a nice interview. I liked his comments on the Unforgiven poster, especially.

For those who don't want to listen to the whole show: The Bill Gold interview starts about 14 minutes in, and the Eastwood portion of it runs from about 18:45 to 22:45. He discusses his work for Dirty Harry, Unforgiven and Bird.
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« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2010, 09:20:12 PM »

I thought it was worth taking the time to transcribe the part of the interview that pertains to Clint and his films. Once again, the BBC Radio 4 show is Front Row, with John Wilson, who interviews Gold:

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WILSON: You worked with Clint Eastwood on most of his films, didn't you? I think you worked on thirty-odd films?

GOLD: Oh yeah. Starting in 1971 or 2, I was introduced to Clint, and he was starting to work on Dirty Harry. [Sound clip: "I know what you're thinking ..."] And when I got finished a couple of weeks later, we brought the stuff in to show him, and Don Siegel was with him, and they looked at the work. And Don Siegel said, "Don't change a thing. It's great."

[Theme from Unforgiven]

WILSON: If we look at your poster for the Clint Eastwood film Unforgiven, about the aging cowboy, 1992 that film was released, you have several posters here in the book, which show the stages of development. Now this, the final poster, is the Clint Eastwood character with his back to the camera, in effect, his back to us—

GOLD: And hardly any likeness. Now, no other actor would allow you to do that.

WILSON: So it's just the suggestion of the side of his face, although you see his eye, the eyebrow ... And it is, I mean even if you didn't know that was Clint Eastwood, even if it didn't say Clint Eastwood on the poster, which in fact on this copy it doesn't, you still know instantly, that's him, don't you?

GOLD: That's what we decided. In fact, I was nervous about it.

WILSON: The hint of Clint in this photograph is the gun in the hand, a very heavyweight revolver—

GOLD: We've enlarged that up—

WILSON: Yeah, It's cocked and loaded, his finger is resting just next to the trigger, you know he means business. Again, it's all in the suggestion, isn't it?

GOLD: Yes, it is. And nobody bothers to analyze that, the reader doesn't.

[More of the Unforgiven theme]

WILSON: Also, there's something of the jazz style caught in the spotlight on stage in this photograph, because of the way the single light frames the side of the face and the coat. And it makes me think of the film Bird, which he directed, about Charlie Parker, which starred Forest Whitaker.

GOLD: It's very funny about the movie Bird. When I originally spoke to the advertising people, besides Clint, they said, "We don't want this to look like a jazz movie. We have a problem. Jazz people will go to see it anyway, because they know it's Charlie Parker. We want it to get a more general audience. Let's tell a personal story about his family, and a love story, and his kids." I said, "Well OK." Now I did a bunch of stuff in case that their request for a more general kind of story ... And I didn't really like anything. And then I finally decided, "I think I may as well try a jazz theme."

WILSON: And they were happy after that, because of course he's playing the saxophone, he's caught in the spotlight, he's silhouetted, I mean it couldn't be anything other than a jazz movie, looking at this poster.

GOLD: That's right. And they went nuts. They loved it. Clint thought it was the greatest thing he ever saw.

The link directly to the BBC Player for this show is:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00wsr2z/Front_Row_Little_Fockers_music_biographies

Thanks again, Lin, for calling our attention to this!  8)

(I assume John Wilson is no relation to Clint's character in White Hunter, Black Heart!)


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