Stanley Kubrick is a famous American film director known for his experimentation, creativity, and dynamism within the field of cinema. Four of his most famous films include A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, and The Shining. The posters superimpose typography with a material, object, or theme referenced from the films.
In Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Protagonist Alex DeLarge, with his gang of droogs, speak in Nadsat—English slang infused with Russian words. The poster captures the spirit of Nadsat, and the slang is superimposed with a proper English dictionary.
Kubrick bases 2001: A Space Odyssey on two important ideas: to encourage new species in the universe to develop and to end problems before they get out of control. The poster plays with these two concepts by overlapping a screen door (representing technological advancements) with typography (representing humanity).
In Kubrick’s The Shining, Jack Torrance, writer and caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, progressively becomes a maniac with intentions on terrorizing his family. The typography captures Jack’s behavior and the snow acts as Jack’s insanity.
Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove focuses on what could happen if the wrong person has control of nuclear weapons. The poster fuses the action of a bomb explosion with loose telephone transcripts.