Kubrick’s “Fear & Desire”, Japanese style!

Fear and Desire (Stanley Kubrick, 1953) 2013 Japanese re-release design.
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Fear and Desire (Stanley Kubrick, 1953) 2013 Japanese rerelease design

Japanese poster of L’Armée des Ombres

Japanese poster of L’Armée des Ombres/ Army of Shadows (1969, by Jean-Pierre Melville). More posters on illustractiongallery.com 
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Japanese Poster of Antonioni’s “L’Eclisse” !

Japanese B2 poster for Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’eclisse, 1962!

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Check out the polish poster of “Rififi” here

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Japanese poster of de Palma’ Sisters (1973)!

Japanese poster of Brian de Palma’ s classic grizzly film, Sisters (1973)! Unknown artist.

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Tribute to Nagisa Oshima !

Nagisa Oshima  March 31, 1932 – January 15, 2013) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. His films include In the Real of the Senses (1974), Furyo (1983) and Taboo (1999). Here he is, photographed by Bruce Gilden (1946-)! I am not the author of this image.
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“The Red Shoes” Japanese posters

As part of our never-ending tribute to Japanese posters and Japanese art, I have the pleasure of presenting these lovely Japanese posters of a personal favorite film: “The Red Shoes” (1948), directed by The Archers, Powell & Pressburger. This gruesome adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen novel, was publicized for in Japan through the following images.  (Unknown artist).
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Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Japanese film posters

Following an online discussion regarding what I deemed less than impressive covers of some new editions of Pier Paolo Pasolini films, I decided to show you something a bit different. This time, the works presented are not Polish (My Kieslowski post among others) but Japanese movie posters from when these these movies were released in Japan. 

For some unfathomable reason, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film posters are not exactly the most gorgeous, somehow unimpressive and lacking in real graphic work. Same goes for the dvd covers, except for The Criterion Collection’s “Salo” release which I thought summarized the film beautifully. However, the latter is an exception, the images we see rarely do his films just.
Sure, this absolutely does not refer to the content of his work but a film is also the very medium which enables the public to see it, the actual material aspect of the dvd/blu-ray which should have the role of paying homage to the work it contains & of reference to its aesthetic tendency. 

Here are the 3 film posters of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s famous works “Medea” (1969), “Teorema” (1968) & “Oedipus Rex” (1967). I like the emphasis on Maria Callas’ eyes in the first one, the importance given to the bodily silhouettes in the second and the blatant way in which punishment is represented in the third.

Either way, it really had been a while since someone attempted a rediscovery of graphic design in Japan, which is why I think these posters are worth the look-over.


Courtesy of Illustraction Gallery, New York. No artist mentioned. All rights belong to Illustraction Gallery.

NB- Check out my Pier Paolo Pasolini & Maria Callas photo here: https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/pier-paolo-pasolini-maria-callas-1970/