Tuesday, March 18, 2008

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #37 - Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold

Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975)
Directed by Chuck Bail
Unknown Designer
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - USA

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In my travels while researching this countdown I tried to pay attention to genres with "ploitation" in the title, because I've always found they have a style to them that I really like. The blaxploitation genre, however, didn't yield too many contenders. Far and away one of my favourites though was this design for Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (the other is coming up later). I've seen the original Cleopatra Jones and didn't care for it. This poster goes a helluva long way to making me want to see the sequel, though.

It's playful with the preconceptions of the genre - big booty, big guns - and colourful in execution. The montage of images next to Tamara Dobson's Cleopatra Jones actually works, which is rarely does, because it helps to get the audience psyched up for what they're going to see. Roullette and helicopters? As opposed to when other posters do it and it's just a collection of characters shoved onto the design.

Plus, that tagline is gold!

1 comment:

Rural Juror said...

Hahaha . . . I've SEEN this movie on the Spanish channel. It's odd