In this clever short, Steve Cutts looks at the lives of cartoon characters whose best days–and figures–are long gone. Naturally, it involves a lot of dull, flickering TV screens, fatty foods and melancholic Erik Satie.
It’s that time of year again. Along with changing leaves and the clean scent of new school notebooks, late September also welcomes the return of Oktoberfest, a 16-day festival that’s held each…
Finding itself smack-dab in the middle of the known world, this 1853 map proves that ethnocentrism isn’t a uniquely American phenomenon. At this point in time, Japan was run by the Tokuguwa shogunate, the last feudal military government of its kind. It was during this period that the shogunate ended its isolationist trade policies and, as the map suggest, really opened itself up to the rest of the world.
American-made movies are shown—and increasingly made for viewing—around the world, so it makes sense that their advertising would change with the country – if for no other reason than to accommodate language difference. Sometimes these changes are barely noticeable, and merely highlight the nuance of a “foreign” perspective. Other times, Rocky ends up looking like a chick flick.
Poland stands out in the international film advertising mix, and rightfully so. From 1945 to 1989, Poland was under the clutches of the Soviet bloc, where U.S. “propaganda” material was strictly banned. Working around the constraints of the ban, Polish artists produced colorful and quirky film posters that often have very little to do with the movie they portray. These often contrasting, sometimes mind-boggling depictions of American cinema have to be seen to be believed.
Learning to expose an image inevitably entails exposing yourself. The birth of cinema has brought that kind of exposure–in all of its forms–to the masses. It has also inspired entire movements from all societal swaths to censor such carnal honesty. CineFix explores the history of censorship in the American film industry and we highly recommend you check it out.