American Beauty alternative movie poster

American Beauty alternative movie poster American Gothic

A friend asked me if I could make an alternative movie poster for American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes. She wasn’t quite taken by the original poster, purely because she didn’t want an image of a half naked Mena Suvari covered in roses, she wanted a different approach/angle from the movie to be taken.

Having seen the film, I did a little more research into colours, themes and motifs in the film and decided to draw a parallel from Grant Wood’s American Gothic, an Americana couple outside their house. I wanted to pastiche artwork in order to emphasis the futility of the American Dream .

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