Behind the scenes of Laurent Durieux’s 10 best movie posters
Belgian graphic designer Laurent Durieux has designed some of the finest movie posters of the past decade, working not for studios but in custom prints just for collectors and fans. You’ve probably seen his work: intricate, finely crafted reimaginings of classic movies – “Jaws”, “King Kong” and “Casablanca”, to name a few – produced as limited-edition screen prints by filmmakers. companies such as Mondo, resold on eBay. for thousands of dollars.
Durieux’s retro-futuristic designs have appeared on everything from Francis Ford Coppola’s wine bottles to the cover of The New Yorker. This year he was invited by the Annecy Animation Festival – the world’s largest toon showcase, in the south of France, on the shores of Europe’s cleanest lake – to offer key art of their 2022 edition (see above). In the spirit of the festival, the Annecy team brought Durieux’s drawing to life so that it could be screened before each screening.
Annecy offered the perfect opportunity to speak with Durieux, who was in town for a gallery exhibition, about the stories behind some of his best works.
“I admit that I am not a great cinephile, admits Durieux. “I’m not that guy who rushes to see all the movies. At the same time, I have a huge DVD collection with something like 1,000 Blu-rays at home. I suppose you could say that cinema is not my first passion. My main passion is to create a beautiful image.
Durieux is first and foremost an artist, and although he has been approached to design original posters for the greats of the Golden Age, his visual references are decidedly old school: pulp fiction covers and vintage travel posters from the 1930.
“My inspirations come from everywhere except the world of cinema,” he says. “They come from the advertising campaigns of the 1950s, especially the big American ones. They come from the covers of classic magazines, like Fortune magazine in the 1930s and 1940s. Among these artists, there is one who influenced me the most: Antonio Petruccelli.