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Movie Posters of the Week: "Black Swan" and "Black Cat"

Though they’ve already been plastered all over the internet, I’d be remiss if I didn’t pay attention to the four teaser posters for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan that were released last week. I’ve still to discover who designed these (there seems to be an unreadable credit on the bottom right of all the posters) but in their elegant simplicity and graphic wit they obviously owe a lot to the fan poster phenomenon I wrote about a couple of months ago. At the same time, and not just because they go so beautifully together (just stare at them for a while), I also want to feature the gorgeous brand new poster for Kaneto Shindo’s 1968 Kuroneko, a.k.a. Black Cat, which opens at Film Forum today. The designer is Sam Smith who created the indelible Hausu poster that I featured this time last year and is also the designer of the US poster for Olivier Assayas’s Carlos. Sam lays out his process for Black Cat in a recent blog post, and I especially enjoyed seeing his hand painted lettering, which is the poster’s coup de grace.

And while we're on the subject of black swans and cats, I thought I’d throw these two in for good measure. The Edgar G. Ulmer poster especially is a knockout.

I can’t believe no one— artist or studio— has spoken up and claimed those Black Swan posters, after all the attention they’ve been getting! If I’d done them I’d be bragging for sure. I truly thought that the great Olly Moss was behind these (it’s only a matter of time before Hollywood has him doing alternate posters for huge movies anyways right?)— there are some elements in these posters that really seem Mossesque: the silhouette forms, the clean illustration style, and the idea of making multiple posters using the same three colors— but alas, Olly has not claimed them and I figure he would have by now if they were his. The mystery continues, and we all must now up our game!
These posters are designed by UK design agency La Boca:
Thanks for solving the mystery, sone. IMP Awards also let me know. Sam, what’s more amazing to me than the fact that no-one was claiming them, was that no-one was asking! But doesn’t your cat go nicely with their swan? The mirroring of the cat and swan’s eyes, the way the swan’s feathers echo your hand-painted letters…? And I forgot to mention that they’re both erotic horror movies, is that right?

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