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Mo' Better Blues

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Data Source
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Catalogue Status
Research in Progress
Description
Poster for the Spike Lee film, “Mo' Better Blues.” On the right, Spike Lee appears in front of a stage entrance, wearing a brown hat, glasses, brown pants, and brown houndstooth jacket. He looks at the viewer while bending and offering his right hand. His left hand holds a rolled up edition of the New York Post. Behind him, a brick wall is seen with a poster of three musicians and a trumpet, with the word TONIGHT in white against a black background in the upper left corner. Posters for Spike Lee’s film, “Do the Right Thing” can be seen behind the musicians’ poster. Printed in yellow, upper margin: DENZEL WASHINGTON • SPIKE LEE; in yellow and blue, bottom left: a spike lee joint / mo’ better / blues. The words “spike” and “better” appear inside blue circles, while “lee” and “mo’” appear inside yellow circles. The film credits are listed in light grey at the bottom of the poster. The Spectral Recording/Dolby Studio logo appears on the bottom left, and the Universal logo appears on the bottom right.
Designer
Art Sims, American, b. 1954
Company
Universal Pictures, Universal City, California, USA
Director of Production
Spike Lee, American, b. 1957
Producer
Spike Lee, American, b. 1957
Author
Spike Lee, American, b. 1957
Producer
40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Date
1990
Credit Line
Gift of Art Sims
Medium
Offset lithograph on paper
Type
graphic design
Object Name
Poster
Type
Poster
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Accession Number
1996-92-3
made in
Los Angeles, CA, USA