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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

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

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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Гельветика See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,614, 18 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$204,000, 1 June 2008
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Veer,Swiss Dots See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Connections

Referenced in Gary Gulman: It's About Time (2016) See more »

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Written and Performed by Motohiro Nakashima
Courtesy of Lo Recordings
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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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