Monday, October 22, 2007
Polish Film Poster of the Week (10/22-10/28)
This week: Raider of the Lost Ark (1983); artist: Jakub Erol.
Ed's Thoughts: An H.R. Geiger vision of Indiana Jones. No less disturbing is the alternate poster displayed below, also created in 1983, by Grzegorz Marszalek.
What interests me about these images is that the Polish, so much closer to the issue than the Americans who created the film, see the use of Nazis as the villains in Raiders of the Lost Ark as establishing a dark, horrific tone. Whereas U.S. distribution sold it as an adventurous romp fit for the whole family. And yet, though the general level of sensitivity is obviously much lower, it is in America that the use of the swastika on a poster would be taboo.