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Rashomon is a poster by Wojciech Fangor and was created in tribute to the famous film of the same title. While this very film of 1950 brought the name of Akira Kurosawa to the top of the world cinematography, Wojciech Fangor's poster helped to popularise this work in Poland.

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Rashomon is a poster by Wojciech Fangor and was created in tribute to the famous film of the same title. While this very film of 1950 brought the name of Akira Kurosawa to the top of the world cinematography, Wojciech Fangor's poster helped to popularise this work in Poland. The film's script was based on two stories created by the Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa: In a Grove and Rashomon. The film was first shown outside Japan in 1951, and from the very beginning it gained the admiration of critics and the audience, as confirmed by the numerous prizes bestowed on it e.g. the Golden Lion of the Venice Film Festival (which was underlined in the poster), the BAFTA award for the best foreign film, and an Honorary Academy Award for the most outstanding foreign language film of the year. Before 1956, when the category for Best Foreign Language Film was created, only seven films had been awarded this special, honorary prize.
The presented poster includes information on the genre and the content of the film it announces. It is in an illustrative style where appropriately arranged film shots depict the intrigue of the film. The poster's expressiveness was enhanced by using the black and red colours of the work. What is interesting is that the poster by Wojciech Fangor is a record of the first meeting of a Polish distributor with Japanese cinematography. The misspelled names of the director (Akiro instead of Akira) and the leading actor (Tasziro Mifune instead of Toshiro Mifune) have been repeated in Polish publications ever since.

Elaborated by Wioletta Laskowska-Smoczyńska (The Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved

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“Rashomon” – a poster by Wojciech Fangor

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