Friday, June 18, 2010

The Art of the Movie Poster: Jean-Luc Godard's La Chinoise (1967)




7 comments:

Ed Howard said...

I've always loved that image of the barricade of books, and it makes such a great poster. It's a fantastic and underrated movie, too, often dismissed by people who believe it's a humorless polemical screed, when in fact it's anything but - Godard is questioning ideology, questioning the methodologies of would-be revolutionaries who haven't really thought through their ideas. The debate in that film between a former revolutionary and a young, fiery student is one of the best discourses on violence and terrorism this side of The Battle of Algiers.

Drew said...

Yes! This was possibly the biggest surprise I came across while conducting my Godard marathon a couple of months back. Like Ed said, I came in expecting something much different than what I got; an even-handed, charming and massively thought provoking work, stuffed with iconic imagery. I absolutely loved this movie. It's amazing how many stunning shots Godard was able to capture in that cramped little red apartment. Of course the image from the posters is one of my very favorites, and I will pretty much always be in love with Juliet Berto.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks so much guys for the comments on this. I enjoyed reading them and am glad to hear this underrated jewell has some more fans. I think it's a remarkable film from Godard and it's among my favorites from the sixties...and that poster! Wow, that top one especially is just incredible looking. I was glad Bertolucci paid tribute to it in THE DREAMERS (and of course thematically it tied in as well) as this poster was on display throughout.
Thanks again Ed and Drew!

MovieMan0283 said...

God, I love this movie - thanks for the post! I know what Ed means too. I saw the film twice - once I rented a different-region copy from Kim's and relished the movie as a kicky, tongue-in-cheek (yet somewhat sincere) take on 60s radical chic. Later I saw it at Film Forum in NYC, and the audience wasn't really into it or taking it too seriously; it didn't play quite as well. On the way out, I heard someone complain about it being dated. But that's kind of the appeal, isn't it? Its time-capsule quality?

Well, that and the smokin' hot apparit-chicks Wiazemsky and Berto...

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks MovieMan,
I'm jealous you got to see this on the big screen! Too bad the audience didn't respond but it's absolutely their loss. Thanks for commenting.

Oh, and I just added an additional Japanese version of the poster...enjoy!

Staci Layne Wilson said...

Nooooo! Don't tell me about another Godard film I haven't seen yet. I am too far behind as it is! In other words, "Thank you." :)

Jeremy Richey said...

No worries Staci, there are still tons I haven't seen yet either! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I hope all is well...