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Insanity of Foreign Movie Posters: From 'Big Lebowski' to 'Apes'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 5, 2012 at 3:10PM

Ever feel like American movie posters are a watered down lost art? They often are, especially when compared to their foreign counterparts...
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Escape from the Planet of the Apes posters

Ever feel like American movie posters are a watered down lost art? They often are, especially when compared to their foreign counterparts.

Mental Floss, for one, prefers the design of international one-sheets to the stateside variety. "Movies, it’s often said, are a universal language," they write. "Movie posters, however, not so much."

Mental Floss showcases fourteen posters to show that "what entices American audiences, what gets our hearts racing in anticipation for a film event, doesn’t always play in parts elsewhere." In order to "appeal to foreign audiences in their specific cultural milieu," they argue, "poster artists turn to the one truly universal language: insanity."

Check out our two favorites of said posters (both Polish, and their American counterparts) above and below:

Big Lebowski posters

This article is related to: Marketing, Foreign, Box Office, Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.