The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Cinema #164


Vertigo
(Alfred Hitchcock; 1958)

10 comments :

Mike D said...

what a poster - i want it now!

polish poster design was amazing back in those days - it deserves a blog actually.

Stephan73 said...

Don't know if this is Polish, it looks more like Czech art to me.. There's more at www.kinoart.net

Richard Gibson said...

It is actually Polish, although I when I read Stephan's comments I could have been convinced it could have been Czech.

The artist is Roman Cieslewsicz.

Vanwall said...

Hollywood posters were at their best in the film noir one done in the States, IMHO, but nothing approaches the creativity done by so many other interpretations in other countries. Works of Art, no doubt about it.

BCNU

Mike D said...
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Mike D said...

http://www.polish-poster.com/index.htm

Yaniv Eidelstein said...

top billing for bel geddes? wtf?

Anonymous said...

"Yaniv Eidelstein said...
top billing for bel geddes? wtf?"


the top of the scan is cut off

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SomeNYGuy said...

This might be a very nice poster for some other film. To me, a skull with a bullseye suggests violence and horror. It expresses nothing about VERTIGO.

Anonymous said...

The poster is interesting enough but I agree with somenyguy. It does not capture the unsettling atmospheric qualities that live within every frame of one of Hitchcock's greatest cinematic acheivements. This poster reminds me more of the James Bond spy thriller, Live and Let Die.