LOLITA (1962) Rerelease Grande

January 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Grande Poster For: LOLITA (1962)

French Title:  LOLITA

Year Of Poster Release: 1987 (rerelease)

Specs: 119cm x 160cm (approx)

One of the 20th century’s most iconic filmmakers teamed with one of the 20th century’s most controversial writers for the big-screen version of incendiary romance Lolita in 1962. Despite commenting a decade later that had he known the limitations censorship would put upon filming the material, he probably would not have set-out to make the film, Stanley Kubrick directed the preeminent adaptation of the provocative novel despite the conservative values of the time. Rereleased in France in 1987, the film’s original artwork was adapted for this Grande sans the antiquated American tagline “How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?” Repeatedly homaged in popular culture, the image features the titular ‘nymphet’ suggestively sucking on a red lollypop.

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V FOR VENDETTA (2006) Original Grande

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Grande Poster For: V FOR VENDETTA (2006)

French Title: V POUR VENDETTA

Year Of Poster Release: 2006 (original)

Specs: 119cm x 160cm (approx)

Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, the Wachowski Brothers (while still both brothers) hired director James McTeigue to direct this dystopic vision of London under attack from political upheaval led by enigmatic freedom fighter “V”. It’s release delayed by 5 months following actual terrorist attacks in the English capital, V For Vendetta’s minor box office success would pale in cultural significance five years later when V’s iconic stylized ‘Guy Fawkes’ mask became the face of 2011’s Occupy Movement. Featuring the masked V, the film’s third-act masked protest, a shorn Natalie Portman and the declaration “freedom always!”, this Grande poster will continue to accrue importance as the Occupy Movement grows increasingly legitimate.

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INFRAMAN (1975) Original Grande

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Grande Poster For: INFRAMAN, Zhong Guo Chao Ren (1975)

French Title: INFRA-MAN

Year Of Poster Release: 1975 (original)

Specs: 119cm x 160cm (approx)

Produced by prolific Hong Kong filmmakers the Shaw Brothers, Inframan’s working title was none other than ‘The Chinese Superman’. The perfect storm of kung-fu antics, rubber suited mutant invaders and a villainess dubbed (pun intended) Princess Dragon Mom, this glorious Grande features our red-suited hero against a background of big-screen disaster illustrated in the era-specific fire & mayhem style made popular by American disaster pictures Earthquake and Towering Inferno, plus a few golden-armoured killer gogo-dancers for good measure. Declaring “He has absolute power” across the top of the artwork, no pad is safe without the presence of  the one and only Inframan!

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BETTY BLUE (1986) Original Grande

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Grande Poster For: BETTY BLUE (1986)

French Title: 37°2 LE MATIN

Year Of Poster Release: 1986 (original)

Specs: 119cm x 160cm (approx) Double-sided, release date attachment (‘Actuellement’)

An Oscar-nominated French romance from director Jean-Jacques Beineix, Betty Blue’s original French title translates to “37°2 in the morning”. An international smash hit when it unleashed its sexuality on the world in 1986, Béatrice Dalle stars as the titular Betty: a sensual woman who unexpectedly comes into the orbit of French handyman Zorg. Consumed by their wild love, Betty’s obsession with Zorg spirals out of control as she loses touch with reality. Uninhibited and every bit as sultry as the original title suggests, Betty Blue helped define both youthful passion as well as the cultural differences between Western and French cinema towards sex for an entire generation.

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BEN-HUR (1959) Rerelease Grande

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Grande Poster For: BEN-HUR (1959)

French Title:  BEN-HUR

Year Of Poster Release: 1979 (rerelease)

Specs: 119cm x 160cm (approx)

The most iconic of the ‘Sword & Sandal’ films of the 1950’s, Charlton Heston stars as Judah Ben-Hur in William Wyler’s epic ‘Tale of the Christ’. Similarly epic is the oft-copied design of this Grande poster featuring the gargantuan carved stone title looming large over the film’s famed third act chariot race as the citizens of Rome cheer. Rereleased in cinemas in 1979 (before the advent of home entertainment) this Grande poster declares Ben-Hur “the greatest film in the history of cinema”, a claim still valid today due to much of its spectacle being captured live in-camera rather than, as in modern cinema, being created in post-production.

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ALIEN (1979) Original Grande

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Alien Grande Poster

Grande Poster For: ALIEN (1979)

French Title:  ALIEN LE 8eme PASSAGER

Year Of Poster Release: 1979 (original)

Specs: 119cm x 160cm (approx)

The early films of filmmaker Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) only get better with age, with the possible exception of Legend. The iconic image of The Egg used for the first film in the Alien Franchise looms large in this Grande poster for the 1979 sci-fi classic. A high-quality print in excellent condition, the artwork eerily pre-empts the forthcoming release of Scott’s Prometheus, the first time the director has returned to the ‘Alien Universe’. Featuring The Egg, organic grid floor, green glow and both the original and French titles, the poster also includes a direct translation of the famous tagline: In space no one can hear you scream.

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