Movie posters present French film art
"Les Grands Affichistes Du Cinema Francais,” an exhibition of French movie posters was unveiled at Wuhan Tiandi’s Horizon Shopping Center on August 24. Organized by the Consulate General of France in Wuhan, the exhibition displays over 20 movie posters spanning from the 1930s to the 1990s. It provides visitors with an overall view on French film posters as an art form as well as the development of the film industry.
Thiss election of French film posters are from the Cinematheque de Toulouse, a modern archive that houses over 75,000 film posters. Selected based on diversity and prominence of the visual content, they showcase the evolution of film poster art in France. According to Didier Kimmoun, Cultural Attache of the French consulate general, poster design was dismissed as the labor of print workers in the beginning, but gradually began to be accepted asan art component.
Posters on view include "Le Corbeau," a 1943 French film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. The poster was designed by Jacques Bonneaud, a specialist of lithography technique who created over 2,000 film posters in his career. Other iconic posters on display are: the poster of "Courage, fuyons" designed by Raymond Savignac, a leading figure in the French animation industry; "Tristana" desgined by Rene Ferracci, which cast the young Catherine Deneuve as its main character; and the poster of "Le Dejeuner sur L'herbe" created by Raymond Brenot, whose design of a female nude pays tribute to painter Edouard Manet's painting of the s ame name.
The exhibition also offers the audience a video clip that shows fragments of these movies.
The free exhibition will last until October 7.
The exhibition of French movie posters