Movie Poster of the Week: "Shutter Island"

The stark and gorgeous Japanese poster for Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited Shutter Island eschews the one thing that has dominated the posters for the last four Scorsese features, and that’s the looming noggin of Leonardo DiCaprio. In anticipation of that film I thought I'd gather together some other foreign Scorsese posters, with the help of our friends at Posteritati.

Last year I wrote about Peter Strausfield’s superb woodcut designs for the Academy Cinema in London, but the holy grail for Strausfield collectors is his Mean Streets poster, one of which sold at Christie’s in 2006 for $11,400.

Mean Streets seems to have inspired more different designs than any of Scorsese’s films. Below we have two Italian and two Spanish-language posters (one Argentinian, not sure of the provenance of the one on the far right). Then one Czech and two Japanese Raging Bull posters, and three Polish posters: for Taxi Driver, New York, New York and an especially striking, and typically surreal, design for After Hours.

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  • Ryland Walker Knight

    I wonder, but am lazy: were there any great posters for Casino? I recently rewatched that flick and boy howdy is it awesome. It is a little long, but, still: every image snap crackles and pops.

  • Adrian Curry

    The French poster for Casino has slightly more of the flavor of the film than the black-backdrop, floating-head Goodfellas II US poster, but is still pretty perfunctory. That film deserves much better.

  • Ryland Walker Knight

    Ahh. Thanks for the link. That does look a ton better than the US version.

  • sam sarowitz

    the international poster (http://bit.ly/8XEx6C) is probably the best (and certainly better than the ugly domestic one sheet: http://bit.ly/8XEx6C

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