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Helvetica (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 September 2007 (USA)
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A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

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Gary Hustwit
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manfred Schulz Manfred Schulz ... Self
Massimo Vignelli Massimo Vignelli ... Self
Rick Poynor Rick Poynor ... Self
Wim Crouwel Wim Crouwel ... Self
Matthew Carter Matthew Carter ... Self
Alfred Hoffmann Alfred Hoffmann ... Self
Mike Parker Mike Parker ... Self
Otmar Hoefer Otmar Hoefer ... Self
Bruno Steinert Bruno Steinert ... Self
Hermann Zapf Hermann Zapf ... Self
Michael Bierut Michael Bierut ... Self
Leslie Savan Leslie Savan ... Self
Tobias Frere-Jones Tobias Frere-Jones ... Self
Jonathan Hoefler Jonathan Hoefler ... Self
Erik Spiekermann Erik Spiekermann ... Self
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A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

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Not Rated

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Quotes

[first lines]
Rick Poynor: Type is saying things to us all the time. Typefaces express a mood, an atmosphere. They give words a certain coloring.
Michael Bierut: Everywhere you look you see typefaces. But there's one you probably see more than any other one, and that's Helvetica. You know, there it is, and it seems to come from no where. You know, it seems like air? It seems like gravity?
Jonathan Hoefler: And it's hard to evaluate it. It's like being asked what you think about off-white paint. It's just... it's just there. And it's hard to ...
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Referenced in Gary Gulman: It's About Time (2016) See more »

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Thinking Loudly
Written and Performed by El Ten Eleven
Vopar Music/Go Champale Music
Courtesy of Bar/None Records
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It's good, but...
24 November 2007 | by tangstingSee all my reviews

This is an 80 minute long movie about a font. People talk about the font, the history, the meaning and the significance of helvetica. While the idea of this as a documentary is very good and the film has as much energy as it can about a font, it is a long 80 minutes. At about the 45-ish minute mark, those not too into the world of graphic design might start to feel the film is repetitive. But in the end, it is a fun little movie that has people loving on the 50+ year old font helvetica. If that is your idea of a good time, you'll love this. If you say to yourself, "80 minutes about a typeface?" - this movie may not be for you.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Гельветика See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,680
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Veer, Swiss Dots See more »
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1.85 : 1
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