The Art of Romance

by Pierre Vudrag on Friday, February 14, 2014

A Hollywood genre that has been tried and true are love story.  The romantic film–you know guys the films that your dates always try to drag you too–have always appealed to women and help drive box office sales.  Again, romantic films tend to appeal to women, so most guys tend to misinterpret what a romantic film or love stories really is.  For instance, some guys might think that King Kong was a love story between a giant ape and a beautiful blonde.  Nice try guys, your girl isn’t buying it, and no they don’t want to see King Kong, this is not a traditional love story.  Guys, here’s the test, would you call King Kong a “chick flick”?  No I didn’t think so.  So as this is that time of year, when romance is in the air, below is a look at some original vintage poster from some of Hollywood’s great romantic pictures (or at least a woman’s interpretation of romantic films).

Love Story (1970) directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw is considered one of the most romantic films of all time.  This is Polish A1 poster, designed by Jakub Erol for the 1972 release of the film, arguably has the best poster art for the film.








The romantic comedy Pillow Talk (1959) was a financial success and gave star Rock Hudson’s career a much needed shot in the arm after the failure of his previous film.  Directed by Michael Gordon and also starred Doris Day and Tony Randall, Pillow Talk went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Actress for Doris Day and won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.


The French film A Man and a Woman (1966) about a young widow and widower was written and directed by Claude Lelouch and starred Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant and won two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Writing.  This Japanese poster is from the 1972 re-release of the film.
















The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) starred Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier (who also directed the picture).  This is the U.S. one sheet which features a playful image of the stars.  The photo which appears in the poster was taken by Milton H. Greene who partnered with Marilyn to produce the film.


Nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two, Picnic (1955) was adapted from the Broadway stage production.  The film starred William Holden and Kim Novak and was directed by Joshua Logan, who also directed the stage play before bringing it to the screen.

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