Monday, October 19, 2009

Freaky Film Posters or: Do they feel all right in Poland? pt. 2

More freaky film posters from Poland! Part one here.


I don't know why, but this poster for Carnal Knowledge (1971) makes me feel filthy.






What is this? I seriously thought that this Casablanca (1942) poster was a joke. I realized though that without that ridiculous speech bubble the poster would have been pretty awesome.




And this looks like my seven year old niece has drawn. Blindfolded.
"Kasia Ballou" is of course Cat Ballou (1965).




Chinatown (1974). Remember the scene where Polanski slits Jack Nicholson's nose open? That was the highlight of the film, according to the Poles.




Pretty fair, pretty cool Citizen Kane (1941) poster. But they somehow managed to give Orson Welles the "pedo smile".




Look at this poster and read "Rozmowa" out loud to yourself. Would you ever think that this is the poster for The Conversation (1974)?




I showed this one before on the blog, but in case you missed it: the coolest poster ever for Dirty Dancing (1987)!




The Polish film poster for The Dirty Dozen (1967), and they made Lee Marvin look Asian.




Wasn't The Elephant Man (1980) freaky enough looking? Oh no, Poland will stop for nothing! (Except for the Germans '39.) They want you to have really bad nightmares.




Remember in The Exorcist (1973), where the snake... no, the TREE climbs up on the SNAKE, right after Max von Sydow shouts out "The power of Christ compels you!" for the first time?




More freaky (but mostly weird) Polish film posters in part 3 - up and coming!

14 comments:

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

These are hilarious and that first poster is dirty.

Don Michael Corleone said...

More freaky in part three?
So I will wait to see after this really "art" accidents.
Only the Diry Dancing poster is okay. Casablanca, Chinatown, Cat Ballou and The Exorcist are the tragedy of posters. The snake remind me my father, he was a plumber and the snake is like a waterpipe.
Also today we learn that Lee Marvin is the cousin of Toshiro
Mifune. But I was really enjoy this Polland inspirations. If they have a poster like these for my favourite movie movie Godfather...
God bless me.

Kate Gabrielle said...

wow. I think the Elephant Man one will give me nightmares!

Elizabeth said...

Those are terrifying!

Jorgé said...

I've seen part 1 as well, and both are quite interesting, and equally disturbing (The majority of them. Some I find to be a little okay.)

What I'm wondering...Did the makers of the posters have to pay to have these be used? Haha.

Lolita said...

Andrew:
You're absolutely right!

Don Corleone:
I have one in store for Godfather part II, actually... ;)
Haha, "cousin with Toshiro Mifune" - you're witty today!
I don't really feel like meeting your father, if the Exorcist poster reminds you of him...

Kate G:
Haha, and you haven't seen the two Fanny and Alexander film posters I have yet...

Elizabeth:
You seem horrified! Good, good, he he he... ;)

Jorgé:
Actually, they seem pretty proud of their poster artists! Believe it or not. I found one site that you could browse posters by the name of the artist! That's the most freaky thing, I think.

Paul D. Brazill said...

This is a great feature and some cracking posters. The Polish title for Dirty Dancing BTW translates as REVOLVING SEX ...

Juri said...

You do know that Polish poster art is recognized internationally very high?

Paul D. Brazill said...

There's a great poster art museum in Warsaw.

Mykal said...

Lolita: These are nearly frightening, like glimpsing an alternate reality that will drive you to madness if you don't look away.

My favorite? I think, for sheer, indescribable horror you have to go Elephant Man (where are the eyes? And why, pray God, does it have a female mouth? Aaaahhhhh!). But the "completely misses the point of the film" award has to go to Dirty Dancing, which turns a sweet, feel-good movie into a porn grope.

Yep. Polish Posters have become quite the thing in the art world. Books dedicated to them, web sites, blah, blah. The point seems to be to completely miss the point of a film and paint something either grotesque, mindfully ugly, or carnal. Sorry, to my peasant eyes, the one for Casablanca looks like the winner of a grade school art contest.

Great Post, Lolita; and yes, that first one begs a shower! -- Mykal

Lolita said...

Paul D. Brazill:
Thanks for translating! Very interesting!

Juri:
I knew they were popular, but not considered art. Though it doesn't surprise me! Many are very beautiful, in their own freaky, nightmarish kind of way. But some are just weird! I'd love to visit that Warsaw museum.

Mykal:
Thanks for the long comment, I love those!
I completely agree with you, not to mention the Cat Ballou poster, or the Chinatown one. I think the Polish film poster lovers take their passion a little too seriously if they can't laugh at them while admiring them!

Paul D. Brazill said...

What's interesting is DIRTY DANCING is the only film that was shown in Poland in the year that it was made. The rest were only available in underground 'private' film clubs. One of my friends remembers clandestine meetings in disused warehouses to se.. Bond films!

Mykal said...

Paul: That is so fascinating! What dedicated film fans! What a great thing. -- Mykal

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