Criterion & Eclipse Cover Art & Packaging Babble-on Vol.4

The scuttlebutt on Criterion, Eclipse, and Janus Films. Lists and polls are STRONGLY discouraged.
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Michael Kerpan
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#251 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri May 16, 2008 2:14 pm

The font used on 24 Eyes is SAY too effete for Jane Austen (whose works are a lot harder-edged than lots of people seem to notice). The choice makes no sense in the context of the film --whatever the film's faults (in my mind), frilliness is not one of them.

Here's what an early poster (?) looked like

Not sure what the equivalent Western font might be for this.

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#252 Post by HerrSchreck » Fri May 16, 2008 2:20 pm

MK wrote:The font used on 24 Eyes is SAY too effete for Jane Austen
Not corresponding to Austen? (I take it you meant WAY too effete).. check out The landing page for Jane Austen Books Online, just a random search's first result.

Too funny.

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#253 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri May 16, 2008 2:30 pm

Yeah, but look at her own signature-- not nearly so effete as the screen fonts. I'm talking about the reality of Austen, not the way her work has often been appropriated....

Just because her books are marketed in a certain way doesn't make them that in reality.

And what did you think of the poster's font. ;~}

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#254 Post by mfunk9786 » Fri May 16, 2008 4:52 pm

The eyes on the The Small Back Room cover are absolutely hypnotic, and really create a sense of dread. How fantastic.

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#255 Post by colinr0380 » Fri May 16, 2008 5:57 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:Just because her books are marketed in a certain way doesn't make them that in reality.
Very true, we shouldn't judge a book (or DVD!) by its cover!

For example see this article in which Austen is marketed towards a 'chick-lit' crowd. (By the way Richard and Judy are like the UK's version of Oprah, even to the extent of running their own version of a book club, except they are possibly even more insufferable).

And if that wasn't indignity enough, publishers even change Austen's appearance to make her fit our 'perception' of her:
According to Wordsworth Editions, which sells millions of cut-price classic novels, the only authentic portrait of Jane Austen is too unattractive.

Helen Trayler, its managing director, said: “The poor old thing didn’t have anything going for her in the way of looks. Her original portrait is very, very dowdy. It wouldn’t be appealing to readers, so I took it upon myself to commission a new picture of her.

“We’ve given her a bit of a makeover, with make-up and some hair extensions and removed her nightcap. Now she looks great — as if she’s just walked out of a salon.”
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#256 Post by domino harvey » Fri May 16, 2008 6:00 pm

I prefer to picture all authors looking like Anne Hathaway though, so it works for me. Really takes Junky to that next level.

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#257 Post by akaten » Sat May 17, 2008 2:25 pm

Jane Austen in the 21st century, the Mills & Boons you can discuss.

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#258 Post by Person » Sat May 17, 2008 3:10 pm

Nice deep focus cover for Small Black Room.

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#259 Post by Gregory » Sat May 17, 2008 6:47 pm

My only problem with the Salò cover is that the lettering and, far worse, the hatch marks/tally marks are so obviously computer-generated. It just doesn't look right, to me at least.

Brand Upon the Brain looks like one of the most appealing covers in a couple of months.

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#260 Post by TheGodfather » Sun May 18, 2008 6:09 pm

jbeall wrote:I really like all this month's covers except for 24 Eyes--that font is awful (24 and yes indeed).
Agreed. I actually kinda like the Salo cover.

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#261 Post by Matango » Tue May 20, 2008 4:51 am

Speaking of David Farrar's eyes on that SBR cover, Michael Powell mentions that they were violet in his commentary on Black Narcissus...a couple of times, if I remember correctly. Nice to see Mr Farrar and Kathleen Byron sharing a cover, too, but the man of the match for me in this film has got to be Sid James. Nice to see him finally in the Collection!

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#262 Post by godardslave » Tue May 20, 2008 2:04 pm

The Salo cover is good.
24 eyes is simply horrible.
The others are indifferent.

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#263 Post by miless » Tue May 20, 2008 2:37 pm

godardslave wrote:The others are indifferent.
do you mean that you are indifferent to them, or are is Criterion showing indifference for your particular taste?

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#264 Post by jmj713 » Tue May 20, 2008 3:33 pm

ImageImage

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#265 Post by HerrSchreck » Tue May 20, 2008 5:04 pm

Your point being?

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#266 Post by hammock » Tue May 20, 2008 5:08 pm

Maybe he likes to point out they're both wearing black pants? If that's not it I don't see it!
HerrSchreck wrote:Your point being?

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#267 Post by miless » Tue May 20, 2008 5:37 pm

I think it has more in common with this cover:
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#268 Post by HerrSchreck » Tue May 20, 2008 5:42 pm

I love how Fellini's name looks like a softball team logo.

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#269 Post by Tom Hagen » Tue May 20, 2008 9:52 pm

HerrSchreck wrote:I love how Fellini's name looks like a softball team logo.
Good catch! I hadn't noticed that before. It reminds me of this:

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#270 Post by keeproductions » Tue May 20, 2008 10:43 pm

HerrSchreck wrote:Your point being?
I GOT IT!

They're both Criterions.

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#271 Post by souvenir » Tue May 20, 2008 11:30 pm

Some Mishima innards courtesy of Barnes & Noble (places the cover art in a better light):

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#272 Post by thethirdman » Tue May 20, 2008 11:44 pm

BN also posted the contents of Patriotism.

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#273 Post by miless » Tue May 20, 2008 11:49 pm

both of those are quite sexy.

I actually like the Mishima cover, too.

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#274 Post by Cronenfly » Wed May 21, 2008 12:23 am

I still have mixed feelings about Mishima's design, but at least it's a digipack...
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#275 Post by Cinephrenic » Wed May 21, 2008 12:24 am

I think I just had a acid trip =P~

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