Tuesday, October 23, 2007

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #100 - I Shot Andy Warhol

I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Directed by Mary Harron
Poster Designed by Indika
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - USA

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A superb combination of art and subject, don't you think? The idea is very simple and one that has been used by many films abouts artists - another example could be Frida, interestingly also directed by a woman - but what I think makes the design for I Shot Andy Warhol so amusing is that Warhol would most likely approve of what became of his famous 1963 painting of Elvis Presley considering his "15 seconds of fame" musings, even if the film isn't sympathetic to the man. The poster seems to be making no claims that it is not glorifying Valerie Solanas's story and giving her an extended 15 minutes of fame that she was after (she's right there - played by Lily Taylor - threefold), but it is also winking at the audience because the original "Elvis" print was a stab at the cult of celebrity. Furthermore, that the image of Elvis used was from a publicity still from a movie called Flaming Star makes the poster drip with irony.

The poster, however, isn't just some sort of big Andy Warhol injoke. The use of "Elvis '63" not only clues the audience in to what the film deals with (and the ace tagline "You only get one shot at fame" - tell that to all these reality show contestents please), but it also plays as a striking and eye-catching design. There are several versions of this poster, a duel-sided colour quad version and the original silver design, but I prefer this purple-tinged as it stands out more than the washed out grey of the original.

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