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Helvetica [Blu-ray]
Director: Gary Hustwit
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 20min

Blu-ray high def version of the best-selling documentary. "Helvetica" is the feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface, which...  more »


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Director: Gary Hustwit
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Studio: Plexifilm
Format: Blu-ray - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/06/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, German
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Movie Reviews

Love Helvetica, Hate Helvetica...See Helvetica
Ronda Davis | Atlanta, GA USA | 11/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The historical significance of the typeface as well as the on-going evolution of typography make this a must see for anyone interested in typography and graphic design, but also a fine entertainment for film enthusiasts. Compelling interviews with notable professionals are informative, witty and often hilarious. Visuals run the gamut from elegance to true grit. Kudos to Gary Hustwit and his crew for this living history before it is not longer possible."
My old friend is now a movie star
edgepixel | europe | 05/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

I'm a working graphic designer.

I'm an art graduate. As a child, I enjoyed to look at fonts for hours - a Letraset catalogue(titled in big Helvetica letters) from the 80s was one of my (most) prized possessions.

When I first heard about this movie I was thrilled. Now that I saw it, I can say it was worth my time. The movie is smart, witty, and a pleasure to behold - an endless stream of layouts. And valuable insights, commentaries and history. Oh yes, the film is also inspirational - it makes you think about good design. It makes you desire good design, whatever that may mean today.

My favourite quote from the movie:
"The life of a designer is a life of fighting--fight against the ugliness, just like a doctor fights against disease. For us visual disease is what we have around and what we try to do is try to cure it somehow, you know, with design." Thanks Mr. Vignelli for putting things into perspective.

Given Helvetica's importance in design history, this is not a movie you should miss.

I first saw Helvetica(the font) as a child, I first acknowledged it as a high school design student, now it's one of my 3 most used fonts at work. I know it's flaws and shortcomings, and I've come to rely on it's many strengths and virtues. It's versatile, strong and straightforward. It's one you can trust. It's also got a softer side, when you come to know her better. It's an old friend of mine, that now is starring in it's own movie! Now that's something to celebrate.

Cheers, Helvetica! Cheers, old friend!"
Do you love documentaries?
Ann Makowski | Alexandria, VA United States | 11/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If so, this is the film for you. I was lucky enough to see it at the annual conference of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design - and loved it! It's accessible not only to designers but also to me - the biology major in the room. Gotta love a detailed history of something that you see every day - but may not notice."
Wonderful Film
Varun Bhandari | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 11/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I wholey recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in art, design, consumer culture, or in FONTS. This film is a seriously great documentary that covers all aspects of typeface. Very comprehensive and honest, Helvetica kept me 100% interested throughout the film. And in case you think documentaries are boring, don't worry, this one is hilarious - way funnier than rhinos doing it.
I offer my full recommendation, whatever that may mean to you."