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Rashomon / one sheet / 2009 re-release / USA

22.05.13

Poster Poster
Title
Rashomon
AKA
Rashômon (Japan - original title)
Year of Film
1950
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Starring
Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijirô Ueda, Noriko Honma, Daisuke Katô
Origin of Film
Japan
Genre(s) of Film
Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijirô Ueda, Noriko Honma, Daisuke Katô,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Re-release
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Kent Williams
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
--

Legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa‘s 1950 masterpiece Rashomon is considered by many to be his crowning achievement, which is no mean feat when you consider it’s stacked against films as beloved as Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961). Considered incredibly influential and ground-breaking, particularly in terms of storytelling, cinematography and editing, the film has lost none of its impact in the 60+ years since its first release. The film is essentially an investigation into the truth behind a heinous crime in which a woman is raped and her samurai husband is slain at the end of a dagger, but it’s the way that Kurosawa stages the recollections of the four key eyewitnesses that makes Rashomon so special.

The film begins as three strangers shelter under the ruins of the eponymous gate during a calamitous thunderstorm. Two of the men, a woodcutter and a priest, were witnesses to events that happened in a nearby forrest three days earlier and they begin to recount what they saw to the commoner who’s eager to hear the details of the crime. Each of the recollections feature the husband and wife and a bandit named Tajômaru (Toshirô Mifune) but each of the witnesses recall the events that led to the death of the samurai in very different ways.

Kurosawa uses a number of editing techniques to differentiate the recollections for the viewer and apparently shot the same scene with several different cameras so he could cut to another angle of the same performances as he saw fit. Mifune, a frequent collaborator, deserves special mention for his memorable portrayal of the bandit Tajomaru in each of his different ‘guises’. In the end, the viewer is left to decide which of the witnesses they believe with the director resisting the urge to wrap things up neatly. As the commoner remarks when discussing the validity of one of the recollections: ‘We all want to forget something, so we tell stories. It’s easier that way.’

American artist Kent Williams painted this stunning portrait of Tajomaru that was commissioned by Janus Films for the 2009 cinema re-release of Rashomon. The release followed an extensive 2008 restoration undertaken by the Academy Archive, the National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Kadokawa Pictures. Born in 1962, Williams has lent his considerable talents to a wide range of artistic channels, including printmaking, photography, architecture and film. He is perhaps best known for his work on graphic novels for the likes of Marvel and Vertigo and in 2006 he collaborated with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky on a comic book tie-in for the sci-fi fantasy film The Fountain. His official website contains galleries of his work, as well as a biography, links to blogs and more.

Kent’s 2009 blog post announcing the completion of this piece can be viewed here and confirms that the original artwork was realised with oil and encaustic on linen mounted on wood panel with a distressed wooden beam. This same image was used for the must-own 2012 Criterion re-release of Rashomon and the poster was available to purchase via their web shop for a number of months, which is where I picked it up from. It sadly appears to be no longer available for purchase.

The Warriors / screen print / Tyler Stout / 2009 version / variant / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Warriors
AKA
I guerrieri della notte [The warriors of the night] (Italy)
Year of Film
1979
Director
Walter Hill
Starring
Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler, David Harris, Tom McKitterick, Marcelino Sánchez, Terry Michos, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Roger Hill, David Patrick Kelly
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler, David Harris, Tom McKitterick, Marcelino Sánchez, Terry Michos, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Roger Hill, David Patrick Kelly,
Type of Poster
Screen print
Style of Poster
Variant
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Tyler Stout
Artist
Tyler Stout
Size (inches)
23 15/16" x 35 15/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

The 400 Blows / quad / BFI 2009 re-release / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The 400 Blows
AKA
Les quatre cents coups (France - original title)
Year of Film
1959
Director
François Truffaut
Starring
Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble, Georges Flamant, Patrick Auffay, Daniel Couturier
Origin of Film
France
Genre(s) of Film
Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble, Georges Flamant, Patrick Auffay, Daniel Couturier,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
BFI re-release
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
29 11/16" x 39 11/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

Phantom Of The Opera / 1925 / screen print / 2009 / Martin Ansin / regular / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Phantom Of The Opera
AKA
--
Year of Film
1925
Director
Rupert Julian
Starring
Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland,
Type of Poster
Screen print
Style of Poster
Regular
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Martin Ansin
Artist
Martin Ansin
Size (inches)
24" x 36"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

North By Northwest / quad / 2009 BFI re-release / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
North By Northwest
AKA
Intrigo internazionale [International intrigue] (Italy) | The Man in Lincoln's Nose (USA - working title)
Year of Film
1959
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Starring
Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Leo G. Carroll, Jessie Royce Landis, Martin Landau, Philip Ober, Josephine Hutchinson, Adam Williams, Patrick McVey, Ed Platt
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Leo G. Carroll, Jessie Royce Landis, Martin Landau, Philip Ober, Josephine Hutchinson, Adam Williams, Patrick McVey, Ed Platt,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
BFI re-release
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
30" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
--

The Warriors / screen print / Tyler Stout / 2009 version / regular / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Warriors
AKA
I guerrieri della notte [The warriors of the night] (Italy)
Year of Film
1979
Director
Walter Hill
Starring
Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler, David Harris, Tom McKitterick, Marcelino Sánchez, Terry Michos, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Roger Hill, David Patrick Kelly
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler, David Harris, Tom McKitterick, Marcelino Sánchez, Terry Michos, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Roger Hill, David Patrick Kelly,
Type of Poster
Screen print
Style of Poster
Regular
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Tyler Stout
Artist
Tyler Stout
Size (inches)
23 15/16" x 35 15/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

Cold Souls / one sheet / USA

02.07.14

Poster Poster
Title
Cold Souls
AKA
--
Year of Film
2009
Director
Sophie Barthes
Starring
Paul Giamatti, Dina Korzun, David Strathairn, Emily Watson, Lauren Ambrose, Katheryn Winnick
Origin of Film
USA | France
Genre(s) of Film
Paul Giamatti, Dina Korzun, David Strathairn, Emily Watson, Lauren Ambrose, Katheryn Winnick,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
And Company
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27 1/16" x 39 11/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
A soul searching comedy

A striking design on this one sheet for the 2009 surrealist sci-fi comedy Cold Souls, in which Paul Giamatti stars as a fictionalised version of  himself. Written and directed by Sophie Barthes, the film focuses on Paul, an actor preparing to star in a stage adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya who is suffering from profound angst. He is finding it increasingly difficult to disassociate himself from the roles he plays and is becoming overwhelmed as a result. One day he reads about a company offering to remove your soul and put it into storage, which in theory should allow you to concentrate fully on a task without all the emotional burdens and anxieties.

After meeting the doctor responsible for the procedure Paul decides to go ahead. The operation leaves him with 5% of his soul remaining and this has negative effects on both his relationship with his wife (Emily Watson) and his acting abilities. In desperation Paul agrees to have the soul of a Russian poet implanted hoping that it will help with the play, only to find the side effects of dealing with another soul overwhelming. When he decides to have his original soul returned he discovers that it’s gone missing and has been trafficked to Russia, so Paul sets out to retrieve it with the help of Nina (Dina Korzun) a ‘soul mule’.

This one sheet was designed by the Los Angeles-based And Company, which was established in 1999 and services the entertainment, automotive and food and drink industry, with branding, apps, websites and printed material. You only need to look at their IMPAwards page to see how prolific they are in terms of film and TV print campaigns. One commenter on the poster’s IMPAwards page points out that the idea of a Russian doll style image was used by the Swiss media corporation SonntagsZeitung for their ‘Insight Story’ campaign in 2008, which means that this idea is not necessarily original, but it is nonetheless still very eye-catching.

Fish Tank / one sheet / USA

23.01.17

Poster Poster

This is the American one sheet for the release of director Andrea Arnold‘s 2009 film Fish Tank. The British director won an Oscar for her short film Wasp in 2003 and her first feature-length film, Red Road, was released three years later. Like her first film, Fish Tank is a slice of gritty British realism focusing on a female protagonist. The location has changed, however, with East London replacing Glasgow.

Katie Jarvis plays the main character, 15-year-old Mia. Jarvis was a first-time actress who was cast after one of the film’s casting assistants saw her arguing with her boyfriend in public. Mia is a troubled teen who has been expelled from school multiple times. She lives with her mum Joanne (longtime Eastenders actress Kierston Wareing) and her younger sister on a council estate. She’s also a bit of a loner and has recently fallen out with her friend Keeley. Mia dreams of pursuing a career as a dancer and practices her moves in an empty flat on the estate. The arrival of her mum’s new boyfriend Connor (Michael Fassbender, just on the cusp of superstardom) into their home unsettles Mia. Although events quickly spiral out of control, Connor will prove to have a profound effect on the direction Mia’s life takes.

This one sheet was created by the American design agency Indika Entertainment Advertising, which was founded in 1994 by James Verdesoto and Vivek Mathur and is based in New York City. They work on print and web campaigns for films, TV shows and home entertainment and have won multiple awards for their work over the years. One of their most iconic posters is the teaser one sheet for Pulp Fiction. They also designed the teaser one sheet for American Psycho.

Inglourious Basterds / screen print / Tyler Stout / regular / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster

Inglourious Basterds / screen print / Tyler Stout / variant / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster

Inglourious Basterds / B1 / style B / Japan

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Inglourious Basterds
AKA
--
Year of Film
2009
Director
Quentin Tarantino
Starring
Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent
Origin of Film
USA | Germany
Genre(s) of Film
Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent,
Type of Poster
B1
Style of Poster
Style B
Origin of Poster
Japan
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
28 10/16" x 40.5"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
--

I Am Love / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
I Am Love
AKA
Io sono l'amore (Italy - original title)
Year of Film
2009
Director
Luca Guadagnino
Starring
Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Pippo Delbono, Diane Fleri, Maria Paiato, Marisa Berenson, Waris Ahluwalia, Gabriele Ferzetti
Origin of Film
Italy
Genre(s) of Film
Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Pippo Delbono, Diane Fleri, Maria Paiato, Marisa Berenson, Waris Ahluwalia, Gabriele Ferzetti,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
The Refinery
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 39 9/16"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
--

His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th / B2 / Japan

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
AKA
--
Year of Film
2009
Director
Daniel Farrands
Starring
N/A
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
N/A,
Type of Poster
B2
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
Japan
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
20 6/16" x 28 13/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

Inglourious Basterds / B1 / style A / Japan

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Inglourious Basterds
AKA
--
Year of Film
2009
Director
Quentin Tarantino
Starring
Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent
Origin of Film
USA | Germany
Genre(s) of Film
Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent,
Type of Poster
B1
Style of Poster
Cinema
Origin of Poster
Japan
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
28 10/16" x 40.5"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
--

Inglourious Basterds / one sheet / limited edition / UK

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Inglourious Basterds
AKA
--
Year of Film
2009
Director
Quentin Tarantino
Starring
Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent
Origin of Film
USA | Germany
Genre(s) of Film
Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Limited Edition
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Empire Design
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
An inglorious, uproarious thrill-ride of vengeance

Inglourious Basterds / one sheet / teaser / pile of bodies / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Inglourious Basterds
AKA
--
Year of Film
2009
Director
Quentin Tarantino
Starring
Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent
Origin of Film
USA | Germany
Genre(s) of Film
Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Teaser - Pile of bodies
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
BLT & Associates
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
A basterd's work is never done...

Moon / quad / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Moon
AKA
--
Year of Film
2009
Director
Duncan Jones
Starring
Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Robin Chalk, Dominique McElligott, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matt Berry, Malcolm Stewart
Origin of Film
UK
Genre(s) of Film
Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Robin Chalk, Dominique McElligott, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matt Berry, Malcolm Stewart,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Cardinal Communications USA
Artist
--
Size (inches)
30" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
250,000 miles from home, the hardest thing to face...is yourself

Black Dynamite / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster

Objectified / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Objectified
AKA
--
Year of Film
2009
Director
Gary Hustwit
Starring
N/A
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
N/A,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Build
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 39"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
--

Can you spot the hidden title amongst the objects?

Life During Wartime / one sheet / USA

18.10.16

Poster Poster

Artwork by artist Akiko Stehrenberger features on this one sheet poster for the release of director Todd Solondz‘s Life During Wartime. The film is a sort of semi-sequel to Happiness which he directed 11 years earlier. It features the same characters but each one has been re-cast with new actors. The plot mainly revolves around the three Jordan sisters that appeared in Happiness and looks at where their lives are a decade later. Like the director’s other films it straddles a fine line between dark comedy and uncomfortable drama. The performances from the likes of Allison JanneyShirley Henderson and Michael Lerner are all excellent and, although perhaps not as memorable as Happiness, it’s still worth a watch.

Akiko Stehrenberger is one of my favourite poster artists working today and she’s created several memorable pieces of key poster art over the past few years. As detailed on her official website, Akiko began her career in New York City as an illustrator for various magazines, including SPIN and The Source. In 2004 she moved to Los Angeles and began working on illustrations for film posters as well as other freelance projects. She’s won multiple awards and has created poster designs for some of the most celebrated directors working today.

One of her most celebrated posters is the one sheet for Funny Games, Michael Haneke’s 2008 remake of his own film of the same name, released a decade earlier. When first released, many people assumed it was a manipulated photograph of the actress Naomi Watts but this excellent interview on Mubi confirms that it’s a digital illustration. The article is well worth a read to get an idea of how Akiko works and the process she went through for that poster. The gallery of posters on her website features a mixture of designs that were chosen by the distributor to be used as official campaign material as well as ones that didn’t get chosen but are nevertheless excellent. I particularly love this poster for Blue Ruin and the unused quad art for Under the Skin. You can see from her portfolio of work that she’s not afraid to experiment with new styles for each project.

There’s another gallery of her work on IMPawards.

Fish Tank / A1 / Czechoslovakia

20.10.16

Poster Poster

A unique design by Bohdan Heblik features on this Czech poster for the release of director Andrea Arnold‘s 2009 film Fish Tank. The British director won an Oscar for her short film Wasp in 2003 and her first feature-length film, Red Road, was released three years later. Like her first film, Fish Tank is a slice of gritty British realism focusing on a female protagonist. The location has changed, however, with East London replacing Glasgow.

Katie Jarvis plays the main character, 15-year-old Mia. Jarvis was a first-time actress who was cast after one of the film’s casting assistants saw her arguing with her boyfriend in public. Mia is a troubled teen who has been expelled from school multiple times. She lives with her mum Joanne (longtime Eastenders actress Kierston Wareing) and her younger sister on a council estate. She’s also a bit of a loner and has recently fallen out with her friend Keeley. Mia dreams of pursuing a career as a dancer and practices her moves in an empty flat on the estate. The arrival of her mum’s new boyfriend Connor (Michael Fassbender, just on the cusp of superstardom) into their home unsettles Mia. Although events quickly spiral out of control, Connor will prove to have a profound effect on the direction Mia’s life takes.

This Czech poster was created in 2010 for a yearly film festival called Projekt 100. This page has details about the festival:

“Each year, AČFK (the Association of Czech Film Clubs) selects a handful of classic films (and recent films of particular note) to be distributed at independent cinemas throughout the Czech Republic.”

Bohdan Heblik is a prolific Czech designer who has a personal website featuring plenty of examples of his work. There’s not much in the way of a biography but I believe he was born in 1978 and currently lives in Prague. It appears he’s worked on posters for the Projekt 100 festival three times, including 2010 when this poster was created. If you look on this page you can see the other designs he created that year, including one for the 1971 film Harold and Maude.

The Girlfriend Experience / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Girlfriend Experience
AKA
--
Year of Film
2009
Director
Steven Soderbergh
Starring
Sasha Grey, Chris Santos, Glenn Kenny, Peter Zizzo
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Sasha Grey, Chris Santos, Glenn Kenny, Peter Zizzo,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Neil Kellerhouse
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 39 10/16"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
See it with someone you ****

The House of the Devil / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The House of the Devil
AKA
--
Year of Film
2009
Director
Ti West
Starring
Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen, Dee Wallace, Heather Robb, Darryl Nau, Brenda Cooney, Danielle Noe, Mary B. McCann, John Speredakos
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen, Dee Wallace, Heather Robb, Darryl Nau, Brenda Cooney, Danielle Noe, Mary B. McCann, John Speredakos,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Neil Kellerhouse
Artist
Neil Kellerhouse
Size (inches)
27" x 39 9/16"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
Talk on the phone. Finish your homework. Watch TV. Die.

Moon / one sheet / USA

21.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Moon
AKA
--
Year of Film
2009
Director
Duncan Jones
Starring
Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Robin Chalk, Dominique McElligott, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matt Berry, Malcolm Stewart
Origin of Film
UK
Genre(s) of Film
Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Robin Chalk, Dominique McElligott, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matt Berry, Malcolm Stewart,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2009
Designer
Cardinal Communications USA
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 39 15/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
250,000 miles from home, the hardest thing to face...is yourself