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Crime

Crime has always fascinated human kind even before there was film and other mediums. Tales have been told through the centuries of characters involved in criminal acts, not just of Read morethe malevolent type but also the benevolent, such as the iconic Robin Hood, for example. Photowall has a tremendous collection of crime posters that can reflect that fascination and bring more meaning to it, turning your room into something more interesting visually and metaphorically. Crime films encompass or cross over to many levels, and may include at least these different types of films, the gangster film, the detective film, the crime comedy, the suspense-thriller, and the police procedural film. The allure of the protagonists, or antagonists if you are so inclined, comes from our own psyche. With crime posters, you can showcase your admiration for this type of entertainment, while also expressing another side of yourself but in a positive light. You can also alter these items to match your overall aesthetic, colour schemes and other decorative elements.

The appeal of crime posters

The main characters in this specific genre of movies often show an overwhelmingly ambitious desire for success and recognition, but underneath they often express sensitivity and gentleness. This is not just to entice the viewers, but also makes sense cinematically. Gangster films in particular are often morality tales, where the central figure comes from a poor, frequently immigrant family, who fall prey to crime in the pursuit of wealth, status, and material possessions because all other "normal" avenues to the top are unavailable to them. Although most of them are doomed to failure and inevitable death, criminals are sometimes portrayed as the victims of circumstance which is why we can relate and symphatize with them. In crime posters, you will find real life photographs that will get up right in your face with their rich detail and intricate features. There are also works of art, truly, that can give this genre a whole new dimension and your decoration plenty of meaning.

Cops and robbers

There is practically no one who has not played a cop or a robber in his or her childhood. Pitting the good guys versus the bad guys is a staple of growing up. The lines between the two get grayer as we get older, but our fascination with this dichotomy of humanity is everlasting. Crime posters can serve as a gentle reminder of when things were simpler, but also as an inspiration to keep true to your ideals. Crime films made a huge wave in America, and eventually the world, in the 1970s. Some of the best films of all time in this genre came to fruition during that specific era. Although there were cop films earlier in the century, there was a re-emergence or new wave of revitalized, noir-inspired cop films in that period. These refashioned anti-hero cops were mostly rough vigilantes, or those who worked outside the bounds of traditional law officers. The most known and immediate example is the one and only maverick Detective "Dirty" Harry Callahan in 1971. "Dirty" Harry, noted for his oversized Magnum, had become exasperated with the corrupt and inept San Francisco Police Department as he battled a psychotic kidnapper and serial killer known as Scorpio. Get yourself a crime poster like Dirty Harry, perhaps one of the most iconic scenes in the 70s, if not of all-time.

The pinnacle of crime posters

During said time, there was also re-envisionings of gangster films within the new wave of crime pictures, especially gangster sagas. Two of the most successful gangland 'Mafia' films ever made appeared in the 1970s with Francis Ford Coppola's direction of Mario Puzo's best-selling novel, The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974). To this day, these films are considered the best of all time. You can show your appreciation and love for these with crime posters in the form of Godfather - Al Pacino and Marlon Brando. Both were epic sagas of a violent, treacherous, and tightly-knit crime family from Sicily that had settled in New York and had become as powerful as the government and big businesses. Crime posters like this will transform your space immediately into something visually arresting and memorable.
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