Movie posters present French film art

Changjiang Weekly - - CULTURE - By He­len Pan

"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.

Photo by He Xiao­gang

The ex­hi­bi­tion of French movie posters

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