Minimalist VS. Foreign: The wind of change in movie posters

I find the new trend of minimalism and ultra-minimalism in movie poster art quite refreshing, actually. Soothing colors and abstract shapes and forms gave me the feeling of slowly drowning in a sea of surrealism and possibly glide on a piece of paper manipulated into an abstract theme, depicting some of the classic films made to this day. Spanish designer firm Aripo is the one behind these ultra-minimalist and purely abstract movie posters that make your mind up and running! Asking the irresistible question “Can you guess the films behind these ultra-minimalist movie posters?” (Hello, I’m a fan and a researcher, this is my field, of course I can!* says she and gloriously fails in her mission*), it captures the essence of the whole idea of paper having the main role in most of the classics of our time. And boy, was it an exciting and memorable performance! You can see most of these ultra-minimalist movie posters here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2014/06/09/minimalist_movie_posters_for_jaws_bonnie_clyde_psycho_rear_window_and_more.html , or wherever your search for the extraordinary may take you.

On the other hand, foreign movie posters have a tendency to make us laugh and jump from joy with their rather explicitly funny and pictorial posters of films that we all consider classics, that made our lives better/worse, that gave us an insight into human nature, society and history through different visions of the topics that our world is concerned with since the beginning of time. These foreign versions of Western film posters are precisely this, different visions of familiar pieces of moving images combined together in an art form: http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/photos/21-crazy-foreign-film-posters . 

You probably ask yourselves why is that, why did they make their own movie posters when they already had genius, popular and original movie posters to distribute at a given time? Well, the answer is pretty simple, and it has nothing to do with supernatural, or the devilish possession of artists who were influenced by some of these classics to that amount that a force from the other world, wherever that may be, guided them through their process of creating this art. Problems with distribution of American films into foreign market were the ones of finances, or lack of the same, in foreign countries where they were distributed to. Most of these countries experienced a lot of problems with the strict, totalitarian social and political regimes, where the art of creating films was used merely as a tool for propaganda. These countries weren’t financially or in any other way capable of being rich and prosperous, so they couldn’t afford to pay for the original movie posters that came with the new films in the distribution package. But the idea was born, and the prospects it brought with it enriched not only the artistic form in these countries, saving them a lot of money, bringing the fame and glory to the unknown artists, but it also gave the rest of the world a reason to collect these unique pieces of art and enjoy their creativity and folie

Busy Month of May

I totally vanished from blogging world this month and submitted myself to extensive reading and writing, for my PhD and some other interesting roles I have played in order to gain academic points for future reference. So, now the academic world is richer with information about Balkan horror films, the topic I was writing about for the International Gothic Association Postgraduate Blog (if you’re interested, here is the link: http://www.iga.stir.ac.uk/blog.php ). It was such an interesting experience, because that is how my PhD research actually got that dimension of reality that I didn’t perceive before, probably because of all the interesting stuff around me, around Stirling, and the town itself is a gem of Gothic architecture and atmosphere…such a beautiful place! I’ll post pictures of it in future posts. I even considered the idea of implementing a chapter about the monstrous Scottish identity, there are so many great ghost and historical facts and stories that one simply cannot resist it all. Well. at least not me, I’m here only five months now. I was so enthusiastic about the research I conducted regarding horror film in the Balkans, whether they exist or not and the reasons for both. Apparently, Balkan countries have a very rich film heritage, but they lack that weird, monstrous creature that we all like to call the horror genre. The reasons are the years of oppression, horrible regimes and the consequences of the wars which occurred on that territory. The fact that there exists the film heritage of any kind in these countries, especially that rich, is pretty fascinating then!

I will leave you to it, as my beautiful bed is calling me to take me into the Dreaming, where one of my nine fictional husbands is waiting for me to hang out with him. Life is grand! Good night!