Movie typos

By AnthonyLast updated: Sunday, October 9, 2005 • Save & Share2 Comments

There is a particular type of person in the UK, who when presented with an excellently produced period drama by the BBC will write a letter to Points of View along the lines of “Sir, the locomotive in the second episode (5 minutes and 34 seconds in) of “A Time to Mourn” was correct for its period, however the glaring use of 1970s rivets on the fifth carriage on the train totally ruined my enjoyment of this programme”.

Those sorts of people, and perhaps you, will enjoy this page about the use and misuse of period type in movies.

L.A. Confidential (1997, Warner Bros.). A highly regarded film, tightly written, well-acted, beautifully filmed, but pretty mediocre in its use of type. This one is set in the early ’50s, but the type was clearly not. “HUSH-HUSH,” a Hollywood gossip magazine, is featured prominently sporting a logo set in Helvetica Compressed (1974).

Via netcetera.

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2 Responses to “Movie typos”

Comment from Curzon
Time 11/10/2005 at 2:46 am

Speaking of mistakes, what’s up with that double period in “Bros.).” Might be technically correct, but it sure is ugly.

Comment from -keith in mtn. view
Time 13/10/2005 at 11:13 pm

If you’ve spent any amount of time trying to design a typeface, or worked justdoing some graphic-design text-crap with a particular one, they become seared, seared into memory – it’s a bad affliction same as the train-geeks.