Monday, August 31, 2015

Roman Polanski Series - 06 Amazing Posters of Repulsion

I can recall, it was one of the last days of film school and my teacher was telling something about Polanski's 'Repulsion'. Suddenly the teacher asked me to name one thing of the protagonist that actually attracted people blindly to her. I guessed right. It was her blond hair. That's my introduction to the deep,fascinating as well as puzzling world of Repulsion.

This is the first film of Roman Polanski's great 'apartment Trilogy'. It tells the story of a blond young girl, who is alone on her apartment because her sister went to a vacation. But in the mid-time that young girl starts having some weired traumas around her.

There were various posters made for this film, for obviously the various locations of release for this film. With mainstream British release, there were Hollywood release, many from the festival circuits and obviously many made by the fans. The Poster World would celebrate 50 years of this great movie by enjoying different posters of this great classic. Let's get Repulsed!

1. The Popular One-
'Yaap! The screen's shocking reality!'
The most popular and marketed poster of Repulsion is basically a very well made one. Look at the straight razor and multiple faces of a blond woman around it. Faces have different reactions as it depicts or gives a hint that the girl probably is heading with different emotions. The thing that it is actually a gender based film, sexuality may be the main center point here, because to make sure that the poster maker was aware to show signs of male and female gender on the film title. Look at the background. The color of the background is light pink and by pink we know what it actually means. Don't we? 
2. Where Girl's Hair is Prominent- 
'Gaze everywhere'

Yes, the first thing I was attracted from this poster is the blond hair of the girl. Look, it's the first thing you would notice. Yes, it actually tries to say you something, and unfortunately you would only realize the contribution of hair when you see the film. There are two male heads with front faces behind the protagonist character, and they have different gazes. A blood cut went around one corner of one face to another corner of another face. It definitely ensures there are sufficient blood presence on the film.     

3. What's for Food-

I don't want to get into what's on the plate, but there's definitely meat, and meat what it's all about on the film. Look there also is a sharp razor to cut the meat. A hand is present there on the dark background. Hoping for some help I guess. The poster isn't actually overwhelming but has a minimalist approach compared to other posters. 

4. Another Popular Poster-
'Grey Hands'
This is another popular and highly marketed poster of the film, where a girl seems like floating on air and there are two hands on her body. The color used on the girl's body and also on the hand (which is bit Grey, same as the main background of the whole poster), is really interesting and intriguing. 

5. Look at the Hair Color-
'... and the razor'
The hair color of the girl on the poster is fascinating and would have been lovely if there was no razor included on it. Oh you missed it! Look closely and you would see a straight razor on it. OK, let's come into the hair color part. It's bit yellow, bit reddish and also has a mixed color of both two colors. Look at her face, it's blue and for this her hair colors are actually like exploding. Impressive poster! 

6. Or Is It All about Eyes-  
'Eyes only'
Here comes my favorite one. The poster says that it's all about eyes; all different eyes. It's black and white, and because of this we can't find the colors inside. But it actually questions us about the ultimate female gaze, how girls look at the world around themselves. It the girl is a virgin blond then she definitely has some extra thoughts. What do you think? 

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