The Man Who Fell to Earth / quad / UK

18.08.11

PosterPoster
Title
The Man Who Fell To Earth
AKA
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Year of Film
1976
Director
Nicolas Roeg
Starring
David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry, Bernie Casey, Jackson D. Kane, Rick Riccardo, Tony Mascia, Linda Hutton, Hilary Holland, Adrienne Larussa
Origin of Film
UK
Genre(s) of Film
Sci-Fi | Drama
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
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Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1976
Designer
Vic Fair
Artist
Vic Fair
Size (inches)
29 15/16" x 39 15/16"
SS or DS
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NSS #
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Tagline
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An absolutely superb design by British artist Vic Fair for Nic Roeg’s seminal sci-fi film. The typography alone is a thing of beauty, particularly that of the main title – I’m not sure who designed it but it’s an undoubted classic. The rock band Iron Maiden later used it for their own band logo.

This is perhaps the best known of Vic Fair’s designs, though he is responsible for many other great posters from the sixties, seventies and eighties, including several for Hammer Horror, Lisztomania and quads for the infamous ‘Confessions…’ series of films. I plan to post another of his best designs in the next few weeks.

This poster is featured in Sim Branaghan’s superb ‘British Film Posters: An Illustrated History’ and he notes:

Probably the best known of Fair’s posters, and the only one regularly credited to him, since he liked it so much at the time he actually signed it.

I personally think this is David Bowie’s finest starring role and no one else could have portrayed the oddity that is Thomas Newton quite as well as him. It’s not my favourite of Nic Roeg’s films though (that would be Don’t Look Now).

The brilliantly nuts original US trailer can be seen on YouTube.

 

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