commonly attributed to Amsel...that aren't by Amsel.
of the great faults of the web is how easily (and widely)
misinformation can be spread. Such is the case with Richard
Amsel's illustrations, as, time and time again, I see that
people mistakenly credit him for other artists' works. It's
time to clear the air and shed a little light on those film
posters often incorrectly identified as his...
a number of leading movie poster art websites have wrongly
credited this one to Amsel; it's style certainly evokes
the late artist's work.
truth, though, is that this poster was the work of Charles
Amsel did do an
alternate poster for the 1974 film,
this one above was made by artist Jim
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design of this poster is subject to more than a bit of
controversy. When you compare Richard
Amsel's original illustration, which was subsequently
rejected by the studio, to the one used in the final poster,
done by artist Drew Struzan, there's no denying an uncanny
it a case of two great minds thinking alike? Possibly.
full disclosure, I've only heard one side of the story,
and it's not my intension to throw out any accusations
here.) But for those wishing to hear more about this subject,
I discussed it in greater detail in an episode of the
INDYCAST some time ago. Needless to say, they're
both great posters, done by two great artists.
I don't know who created this poster, Dorian Hannaway
has confirmed that this is NOT Richard Amsel's
work, though it certainly evokes the artist's style during
that period. That Amsel did a poster for Polanski's CHINATOWN
might lead one to surmise his creating another illustration
for the director...but alas.
anyone knows the artist who created this piece, please
send me an email.
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Amsel did create a poster for this film (see here), the poster at left is not it. I'm not sure who the artist was -- perhaps John Solie, John Berkey, or C.W. Taylor?