Hans Hillmann's Cleverly Abstract Film Posters

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Playing with textures, graphic forms, and minimal design, artist Hans Hillmann is one of the most notable film poster illustrators — having created over one hundred of the most sophisticated and sought after designs from the 1950s through the ’70s. Many of the works have become synonymous with the iconic films they represent — including Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket, which features a disembodied hand reaching out from a pocket. His different designs complement the style of each movie, ranging from understated, to abstract, and boldly surreal — all of them cleverly executed. This Must Be the Place recently reminded us of Hillmann’s fantastic creations, and we’ve shared several of them with you past the break. Chime in with your favorites in the comments below.

Image credit: Hans Hillmann

Image credit: Hans Hillmann

Image credit: Hans Hillmann

Image credit: Hans Hillmann

Image credit: Hans Hillmann

Image credit: Hans Hillmann

Image credit: Hans Hillmann

Image credit: Hans Hillmann

Image credit: Hans Hillmann

Image credit: Hans Hillmann

Image credit: Hans Hillmann