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France Gets Me Best

French Sex and the City Poster

Let’s get this out of the way first. Yes, it’s purple. A very, very bright purple. Surely that is not for everybody.

And yet I think it’s probably the best poster I have seen for Sex and the City. It’s essentially a re-edition of the first teaser poster, but with all the women and not just SJP. Which is not great for a likely final poster, but is still fine.

The image is flashy, catchy and glamorous, for a certain definition of glamorous. The ladies are are kind of small in the pic, but at least they don’t look awful. Very purple, but not awful. And big, bright shiny lights might be a bit cheesy, but at least they make this seem like an event. Like something too big for a small screen. Which is basically what is needed in order to make the final sell that this is important enough to see in the theaters.

And yes, most of these things were already true of the first poster, so we haven’t exactly come a long way. But the addition of the rest of the ladies does make it sensibly better, and after the last few posters I’m ready to settle for this.

By the way, interesting that this is the second international poster the features the four main characters, while the domestic posters focused on SJP, isn’t it?

(Thanks to Casty the Clown for sending this over)

Germany Gets Me

German Sex and the City Poster

This German poster is basically just like the two last posters, but it features all the Sex and the City women.

As it’s been pointed out to me, Carrie is indeed the main star of the show. But honestly, for me it would be nothing without the others. So I like this poster a lot more, even if it’s the design isn’t particularly inspiring.


This post feels too light. In order to make up for that let me point you people to Glenn’s much more in depth (and quite funny) review of the poster.

(Via PosterGeek, thanks to Casty the Clown for helping me to find it)

New Sex and the City Movie Posters

Sex and the City Poster

These two new Sex and the City posters are mostly unremarkable. Carrie walking the streets of NY, looking stylish. Probably gets at part of the core appeal of the franchise, but seems less effective, and a lot less visually appealing, than the first teaser poster.

But what I do find interesting is that once again the posters only feature Sarah Jessica Parker. Now, I’m neither the target audience for the film nor the biggest fan of the series, but I always believed that the friendship between the four main characters, and their different perspectives on life, were a huge part of the show’s appeal. It never felt like show that starred SJP and co-starred the other three.

So when the first teaser came out I thought it was understandable that they were using SJP, since she is the best known name in the cast and the only one that has made some sort of successful transition to movies. But I thought that the initial poster would be quickly followed by others featuring the other cast members and maybe even something with all of them, hitting the point that this isn’t just another SJP movie, it’s the reunion of Sex and the City. But so far it hasn’t happened, the poster campaign has only focused on Parker. And the movie opens May 30, not a lot of time left.

I wonder what is the thinking behind this decision.

Sex and the City Poster

(Via CinemaBlend)

P.S. I Love You Posters – Domestic Vs. French

P.S. I Love You PosterP.S. I Love You Poster (France)
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It’s not just the big blockbusters that get multiple posters. Here, for example, is the domestic poster and the one used in France for P.S. I Love You.

The domestic version (which was also used in several other countries, by the way) goes with a very sweet image of Butler and Swank together. That combined with the title makes for a poster so saccharine it might actually give you a cavity just from looking at it.

And yet, I sort of like it. It’s a very straight sell that sets up the film as being just through and through romance.

The French poster, on the other hand, goes with a much more bittersweet image. The sunset, Swank sitting alone in bench, the notes her dead husband left her flowing in the wind… there is a lot of sadness to be found in here. There are still some romantic elements in there, but this poster seems much more aware of the fact that the story involves the character of Butler dying in the beginning of the film. And it sets the film as a possibly heartbreaking experience.

Now, the French poster is much more appealing to me, but I also admire the complete lack of cynicism in the domestic version. In the end think they are both good posters that try to sell the movie in two very different fashions.

(Thanks to reader Casty The Clown for the French poster)

Priceless Poster

Priceless Poster
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And here is a new poster for the French comedy Priceless, which is, according to the official synopsys, “a fresh re-imagining of the cinema classic, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.”

I find the idea of “re-imagining” Breakfast at Tiffanny’s highly iffy. Not that another great movie can’t be made from that premise, but just the fact that they are hitting the connection so hard on the selling of the film gives me a bad vibe. How close will this re-imagining be to the original? We certainly don’t need a remake of BT.

And this poster does nothing to assuage me. Compare it, if you will, to the poster for the original.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Poster

The main intent of the new poster is obviously to set up Audrey Tautou as the second coming of Audrey Hepburn. But Tautou, as much as I love her, is not Hepburn. And this is not a good photo for this film. Tautou looks too demure, too shy. She lacks the confident charm that exudes from Hepburn in the poster for the original. Well, that exudes from the drawing of her, but you get my point.

Tautou looks very different in the original French poster.

Hors de Prix Poster

In here she looks more confident, more in control of the situation. And has a slightly mischievous look in her eyes that is quite interesting.

The French poster also shows us the relationship at the center of the film, which the U.S. poster doesn’t do at all.

And the arms bringing assorted jewelry? They make the concept of her being around rich men quite clear, but it does so in a very inelegant away. This furthers positions the film as lacking the charm and class of the original.

And all of that doesn’t even enter into the poster’s other major problem: It’s rather ugly.

I don’t like this one at all.