Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Unrelated Facial Expressions on Movie Posters

movie poster
This is something odd I've noticed about movie posters now for years. You ever notice? They'll show the actors in the movie, and the actors will all be standing there with odd expressions on their faces. Some of them perhaps rather extreme expressions, as if they're mugging or grimacing.

And all the facial expressions are completely unrelated to one another. There is no interplay of body language or expression among the actors. It's as though each actor is isolated and coccooned off in his or her own little disjoint bubble of space-time.

As though the actors are not really present to one another.

It's not only movies, either. I first noticed this practice in ads for upcoming TV episodes in the pages of TV Guide, way back 30 or 35 years ago. We're talking 1970s. The same deal, odd facial expressions, and all unrelated to one another.

What, is this some sort of longstanding custom or practice in Hollywood? What's the point of it all? I don't get it.

4 Comments:

Blogger Caltechgirl said...

Certainly in some cases this MUST have to do with different folks being photographed at different times, and photoshopping.

Either that, or it's "art"

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous redjack said...

noticed that, don't know what to make of it

'considered art' is prolly it

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

I suppose it would be too judgemental to suggest that its because people in Hollywood long ago lost the ability to interact like "normal" people?

Sorry to sound crazy-cynical, but I've been watching movies every single night recently (it keeps me out of the fridge) and I'm horrified by the dreck I've been seeing. POPULAR titles that are barely watchable, or are fine until the ending which seems to have no connection to the rest of the movie!

I've noticed another trend among movies supposedly about "what women want", where it becomes increasing obvious that gay-media-darlings have NO clue what women want.

Sunday, August 26, 2007 8:04:00 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

my guess would be that they were photographed separately. it just seems odd that someone wouldn't at least have an over all idea of how everyone looked together...weirdos

Monday, August 27, 2007 7:13:00 PM  

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