Movie poster of the week: Made in USAJanuary 31, 2009
One of the least-seen of major-era Godards was revived earlier this month at Film Forum and it was a treat. The poster, which perfectly captures the films’s cut-and-paste spirit, as well as Anna Karina’s unforgettable mod sweater-dress, is by René Ferracci, whose name is distinctively displayed just to the right of Laszlo Szabo’s head. A little Saturday morning research tells me that Ferracci was born in 1927 and died in 1982 and pioneered the era-defining collage style of French movie poster design—using photographs and offset printing—as opposed to the often gaudy illustrated lithographs of the cinema du papa. He was responsible for the posters for, among many others, Au Hasard Balthazar, My Night at Maud’s, Two or Three Things I Know About Her, Playtime (the illustration used on the Criterion DVD), Army of Shadows, The Young Girls of Rochefort, Belle de Jour, and, what may have been his final poster, Diva.