Monday, September 17, 2007

Polish Film Poster of the Week (9/17-9/23)

This week: Stranger Than Paradise (1991); artist: Andrzej Klimowski

Ed's Thoughts: This is one of the weirder Polish posters I've come across, and I think the reason why it strikes me as so odd is that it sneaks up on you. Many of the other posters from the time period are much more openly disturbing. This features none of the nudity, screaming faces or distorted anatomy that are characteristic of much of the Polish poster art I've seen. It does, however, maintain the trope of obscured faces, but in a more understated way than is often done. This image is rich with expressionist symbolism and brilliant minor abstract touches like the fact that the figure on the far left appears to be a shadow, but is situated between the radiator and the wall.

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