31 May 2012

Lonesome



Lonesome arrives on August 28th from the Criterion Collection --a jaw-dropping film if there ever was one. It's amazing to me that it's never been released for home video in any format until now. Of course there's a story behind that. Better, I think, to leave the telling to Criterion when the time comes. I will say this, whatever a movie could do in 1928 Lonesome does and does it gloriously. I mean camera moves, optical effects, miniatures, sound, even color --you name it.  For the cover I worked in the tradition of the day and hand-painted the whole thing including the type. I drew my inspiration from the film of course as well as the work of the great Tom Purvis who knew something about weekends at the shore in the 1920s.