Cinema On Paper: The Graphic Genius of Movie Posters

Comprising more than 100 works from one of the most prominent private collections of film posters in the world, Cinema on Paper: The Graphic Genius of Movie Posters is a tribute to the superior talent of an international group of artists whose creativity captured a movie’s essence with arresting precision. Selected for their masterful design, these mass-produced hallmarks of the film business represent cinematic works that date from the turn of the 20th century to the early 2000s. Posters of iconic features, such as Casablanca and The Godfather, stand alongside foreign films and memorable cult classics including Le Samouraï and Barbarella.

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Luxuriously reproduced here for their iconic design and graphic excellence, these rare Hollywood- and foreign-produced posters from the Dwight M. Cleveland collection are placed side by side to illustrate differences in cultural viewpoint through graphic expression and to provide insight into the depth and detail of poster design.


Every poster has a story to tell

Each masterfully-crafted poster carries a rich and illustrious history along with it. Explore one-of-a-kind graphic designs from iconic Hollywood comedies, musicals, Westerns, sci-fi thrillers, dramas, and other cinematic works.

Intros by Steven Heller & Ben Mankiewicz

Steven Heller is co-chair of the SVA MFA Design program. Former Art Director for the New York Times Book Review, he has authored or co-authored over 180 books on graphic design and visual culture. He is the recipient of the 2011 Smithsonian National Design Award for “Design Mind.”

Ben Mankiewicz is the primetime host of Turner Classic Movies. and regular co-host for the on-line political show The Young Turks. Since 2015, Ben has hosted numerous nights of the International Documentary Association’s Conversation Series, a career retrospective Q&A featuring the leading documentary filmmakers. In 2018 and 2019, he was host of the American Society of Cinematographers Awards.

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Weight 4.8 lbs
Dimensions 13.12 × 10.25 × 1 in




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6 reviews for Cinema On Paper: The Graphic Genius of Movie Posters

  1. Roger M.

    What a book it is! I have really enjoyed seeing these original movie posters. Thank you for making part of your collection available in this format.

  2. Ellen L.


  3. Dan S.

    …both a thing of great beauty, and a work for the ages

  4. Andy M.

    “Cinema On Paper” is a strikingly lush and vivid art book all the more enticing for its subject matter – the movies. Beyond the captivating art, each poster is joined with a pithy conspectus of its significance, some wonderfully droll. One notes the sultry image of Isa Miranda’s tongue heading for Ray Milland on 1939’s “Hotel Imperial” poster is “invigorating”. Indeed. So is the entire book.

  5. David E.

    Really incredible!

  6. Rachel G.


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Selling of films through posters makes a difference between success and failure . . The goal of poster art is to crystallize a film into a simple image—to catch a moment.

TOM JUNG interview with the designer, 1987

I don’t know what it is that first causes a person to become interested in a film—whether it’s the cast, or whether it’s the title, or whether it’s that first image. I believe it is a combination of all of these. That’s the creative part of poster work—that image and what it does and how it affects an audience.

CLINT EASTWOOD as quoted in the New York Times