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Was there a Die Hard movie poster that excluded Bruce Willis?

There is an episode of the docu-series The Movies That Made Us (a spin-off of The Toys That Made Us) that is about the making of "Die Hard". Writer Steven E. de Souza had this to say about the ...
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Meaning of the Silence of the Lambs poster

This award-winning poster art conveys many of the movie's themes and plot points: Clarice's skin is pale (in stark contrast to the darkness surrounding her) and blue like a corpse while her blue eyes ...
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What is the meaning of this poster for The Lobster?

The film has two posters The two beautifully minimalist posters of Yorgos Lanthimos’ dystopian movie The Lobster have been created by Greek designer Vasilis Marmatakis (cofounder, but no ...
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Why was The Hard Candy poster made in reverse to the plot?

She not exactly caught in the trap...she's there to attract a predator to catch him in the trap. Wikipedia Basically, she's using herself as bait in the trap.
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What is the meaning of this poster for The Lobster?

In addition to Ankit Sharma's answer, I think there's a second meaning. During the movie, the short-sighted woman (Rachel Weisz) loses her sight. She's no longer able to see the person she loves. (And ...
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Was there a Die Hard movie poster that excluded Bruce Willis?

Following up on the answer by @Oliver_C I've managed to find that ads lacking Bruce Willis were indeed featured in newspapers. For example, here's a clip from a The Journal News on July 12th 1988: ...
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What exactly does the poster of Schindler's list depict?

I agree with the other persons interpretation that it is Schindler's hand holding / saving the Jews. But still the movie had one tragic aspect saying "Schindler could not save them all": The whole ...
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What is the significance of mirrored N in the title of The Nun?

For me, it feels like it's based on a few reasons. That being said, I haven't found sources for these, it's solely my analysis. Symmetry. The word 'nun' is a palindrome, and a mirrored N makes it ...
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Why did the original Star Wars: A New Hope posters portray Luke and Leia as a couple?

The posters implied that Luke and Leia were a romantic couple… Indeed the promotional posters and artwork implied Luke and Leia had some romantic spark going on. The posters themselves were ...
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What exactly does the poster of Schindler's list depict?

The poster very accurately depicts the events in the film. That baby's hand represents the Jews survivors and that grown man's hand represent Oskar Schindler himself. This is about how he holds the ...
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Was there a Die Hard movie poster that excluded Bruce Willis?

It's not that he was excluded, but given he was only seen as the comedic character David Addison in Moonlighting the studio was possibly nervous about featuring Willis. The poster you ask about is ...
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Why was the final landing scene selected for the movie's poster?

Because the film is a dramatization of real events, most people (in the U.S., anyway) already know that Sully was successful in landing the plane. The film is designed to show people what they may not ...
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What is the message behind Twelve Monkeys Cover?

I took it to be an intentional misdirection since the 12 Monkeys are a MacGuffin, a "...plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often ...
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Are these dream posters from Inside Out parodies of real films?

As mentioned in the question, the top left poster appears to be a parody of Vertigo. As for the others, here are my best guesses, based on the image shape and style, and the text which appear to be ...
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What exactly does the poster of Schindler's list depict?

From this detailed analysis, The close-up shot depicting the joining of two hands is very powerful, symbolising unity and alliance as the Jewish people cannot make a difference on their own, and ...
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Why did the original Star Wars: A New Hope posters portray Luke and Leia as a couple?

The poster is a relic of incomplete storywriting. Luke and Leia weren't originally going to be siblings. The poster was made before that time, and featured a fairly standard fantasy trope -- the ...
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Why does only Rachel have open eyes in the Friends poster?

It seems to me that the most logical reason is to make sales. Looking at the bottom of the poster, you can see that Jennifer Aniston received top billing for this series (or, at the very least - on ...
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Why the tagline "It's nothing personal" for "Terminator 2"?

"It's Nothing Personal", as seen on the poster just above the movie's name: This was possibly meant to indicate the nature of machines. Schwarzenegger, as you may recall, was the "bad" terminator ...
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Why did the original Star Wars: A New Hope posters portray Luke and Leia as a couple?

Axelrod has the correct answer. Another angle, however, is that in Star Wars: A New Hope, they essentially were somewhat romantically connected. In fact, that was pretty much a sub-plot… Han and ...
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Why is Kurt Russell depicted as a Giant in this poster for Big Trouble in Little China?

It's a stylistic device. It's used to present your main hero(es) or characters as the primary part of the movie. For instance, Star Wars. Clearly the character images are dispropotionate to their ...
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What's the meaning of butterfly in the Antebellum poster?

Though butterfly's meanings can vary in different cultures, all of them are associated with the rebirth and change. The change from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly represents a positive ...
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Why is Kurt Russell depicted as a Giant in this poster for Big Trouble in Little China?

Adding to Paulie_D's answer and fleshing out cde's, the image is also a literal interpretation of the title (which is metaphorical). So, considering Big Trouble in Little China, Kurt Russel (the big ...
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What is the significance of mirrored N in the title of The Nun?

BlueMoon93's answer seems spot-on, to me, particularly the part about inversion connoting subtle corruption or infestation. We see the same principle of "invert a random letter to indicate demonic ...
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Why use unnecessary "from the director of" for famous directors on movie posters?

My first reaction was "Cameron did 'True Lies'?". So that may be the thing, You may know the director and know he's famous. You may not know for what he's famous from. Second thing is that all those ...
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What do the triangles in the Ghost in the Shell (2017) poster symbolize?

I was looking for the same last week after watching the movie when I found this on Reddit. This looks like the correct explanation and makes sense. The triangle represents three components of the ...
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Why doesn't Alice ever use the rifle we see her holding in the movie poster?

The weapon, according to the Internet Movie Firearms Database is a Heckler & Koch G36K with a Heckler & Koch AG36 Grenade Launcher attached. There is only one in the movie and it is carried ...
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Why is the poster of The Theory of Everything rotated 90 degrees clockwise?

I haven't found any solid reasons from the designers or people who worked on the film, but here are a couple theories that fit my thoughts as well: I love that the movie poster is turned sideways, ...
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What is the message behind Twelve Monkeys Cover?

Entire Answer is a Spoiler IMHO: In 12 Monkeys, James Cole (Bruce Willis) has seen the future. A dystopian future which is caused, in his mind, by the 12 monkeys. The symbol is over his eye because ...
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What was the originator of the SEE! ... SEE! ... lines on movie posters?

Here's a movie program from 1926 that promotes THE ANCIENT HIGHWAY (1925). The text says: SEE -- the dynamite blast free the log jam; the thrilling rescue during the explosion; the battle ...
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