There was a time in my life when I collected film posters and travel postcards. Well, I still enjoy postcards, though my collection has evolved from images of sunny beaches to vintage French pornography, but I lost interest in movie posters a long time ago.
There are a few exceptions, but today's movie posters are shamefully stupid and poorly crafted compared to the phenomenal artwork produced in the golden age between the 1940s and the 1970s, when the majority of film posters and title sequences were hand-drawn by the most respected illustrators and designers in the world. Fast-forward to 2007, and now these posters are made by some art school hack with Adobe CS2. Has the film got Tom Hanks in it? Okay! Let's superimpose a faded but poignant shot of his big fat melon right over a gritty sunset and sprinkle some more disembodied bobbleheads of his co-stars around him. Sweet!
But today I received an e-mail from a friend that might just re-ignite my love of marquee art -- from other countries! The following images are REAL film posters and wall murals, created by local artists (seemingly the same untalented local artist) in Minsk, Belarus for American-made Hollywood blockbusters playing in Minsk theatres. Now, I cannot explain why the parent studio wouldn't just supply professionally printed and translated posters of their films to the overseas market, but this is Belarus, so maybe they had to burn the entire shipment for warmth. I'm glad they did, because these are hilarious.
Let's make a little game out of this.... can you guess which film these posters are advertising?
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I know what you're saying! "HOW LIFE-LIKE!"